Takae representatives vote to return helicopter accident-related gratitude letter to U.S. military


December 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


On December 23 at a meeting of Takae’s ward representatives, they unanimously decided to return the letter of gratitude that the U.S. military delivered in regard to the U.S. helicopter that made an emergency landing and burst into flames in Takae, Higashi Village.

The military sent the letter to 64-year-old Akira Nishime, the landowner upon whose property the helicopter landed, and to the representatives of Takae Ward. Nishime said, “Why should I accept a letter of gratitude in regard to a helicopter going up in flames on my land? I don’t understand the meaning [behind the gesture].”


The U.S. military delivered the letter on December 15.

According to Nishime, he proposed returning the letter to the U.S. military at the meeting of Takae’s ward representatives.

His proposal was unanimously approved.


Takae’s ward representatives plan to return the letters that they and Nishime received to the U.S. military.

Nishime said, “Ward residents are requesting an investigation into the cause of the accident and an accompanying report.

I don’t plan to accept the letter of gratitude now or hereafter.”


(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)


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