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Osprey aircraft flight paths continue to violate safety agreement

Osprey aircraft flight paths continue to violate safety agreement

October 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

For two and a half hours in the afternoon of October 15, two MV-22s flew a total of 12 times over densely populated areas such as Naha and Urasoe in the southern and central regions of Okinawa. By October 6, the U.S. Marine Corps completed the deployment to Futenma Air Station from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture of 12 MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft.

The Osprey’s flight over urban areas in helicopter mode and the...

 

OPG to ask Ministry of Defense for a reassessment of the environmental impact of Osprey

October 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 10, Takeyoshi Shimoji, the deputy director general responsible for Environmental Planning in the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), suggested that now that the Osprey have been deployed, the Ministry of Defense should carry out another environmental...

Okinawa governor suggests that, “If the Osprey aircraft are safe they should be deployed at bases all over Japan”

October 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Stating that the idea is “unrealistic,” Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto is reported to have rejected the Okinawa Prefectural government’s request for the deployment of the Osprey aircraft to bases throughout the nation. At his press conference...

Prime Minister does not accept Okinawa Governor’s request for withdrawal of Osprey aircraft

Prime Minister does not accept Okinawa Governor’s request for withdrawal of Osprey aircraft

October 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 9, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima met with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura at the Prime Minister’s Office. During their meeting, the governor and mayor handed over a...

Marine Corps completes deployment of 12 Ospreys to Futenma

October 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the U.S. Marine Corps moved the remaining three MV-22 Ospreys that had been at U.S. Iwakuni Air Station to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Marines have now completed the deployment to Okinawa of all of the 12 aircraft that had been at Iwakuni...

More than 1000 citizens hold rally in Nago calling for withdrawal of Osprey

More than 1000 citizens hold rally in Nago calling for withdrawal of Osprey

October 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 3 a citizens’ rally protesting against the Osprey deployment was held in the courtyard of Nago Municipal Office. This was the first rally to be held at the level of a village, town or city since the Osprey were deployed in Okinawa and according to...

Low-frequency noise from MV-22 Osprey at take-off exceeds assessment standard

October 05, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 4 when MV-22 Osprey training began at Futenma Air Station, a team led by Takeshi Tokashiki, an associate professor the University of the Ryukyus conducted a noise survey on the occurrence of low-frequency sound recorded at take-offs....

Citizen group sit-in block gates to U.S. Futenma base

Citizen group sit-in block gates to U.S. Futenma base

September 28, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From 9:00am on September 28, in front of the Oyama gate of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, about 100 people from civil groups such as the Okinawa Peace Movement Center and labor unions held a rally to protest against the deployment of MV-22 Osprey...

First landing of MV-22 Osprey in Okinawa amid strong protest from residents

First landing of MV-22 Osprey in Okinawa amid strong protest from residents

October 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, the U.S. Marine Corps began to deploy MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to MCAS Futenma. At 7:11am, two MV-22s that had been temporarily at MCAS Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, landed at Futenma, and by 11:47am a total...

First test flights of MV-22 Osprey held in Iwakuni

First test flights of MV-22 Osprey held in Iwakuni

September 22, 2012 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21, at the Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the U.S. Marine Corps began test flights of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft. The MV-22 squadrons are staying temporarily in Iwakuni, before they move...

Japanese government proclaims Osprey to be safe, and will deploy them to Futenma

September 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 19, at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Japan-U.S. Joint Committee met to consider the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The two governments agreed on a set of measures designed to ensure the...

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