Japanese islanders against unsafe military aircraft

This video is called Over 50,000 Okinawans to protest Osprey deployment.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

100,000 Okinawa islanders tell US to keep ‘unsafe’ Osprey plane away

Sunday 09 September 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Up to 100,000 Japanese activists rallied against US plans to deploy Osprey hybrid aircraft at their base on Okinawa today.

The protesters gathered at a seaside park on the southern island to demand the scrapping of plans to deploy 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft, insisting that they are unsafe.

The US plans to deploy the Osprey, which takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane, to replace the older CH-46 helicopters currently there.

Long-standing safety concerns increased after Osprey crashes in Morocco and Florida earlier this year and an incident in North Carolina last week – euphemistically called a “precautionary landing” by officials – further aggravated the sentiment.

“We refuse to accept a deployment of Osprey that have already proven so dangerous,” said Atsushi Sakima, mayor of Ginowan City where the US intends to base the Ospreys.

“Who is going to take responsibility if they crash onto a populated neighbourhood?”

Activists cheered in support, waving red banners and placards with a message saying “Osprey No!”

The tilt-rotor aircraft have been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan and the US insists that they have a solid record.

But Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima has asked Japan’s central government to seek a full US investigation into the Osprey crashes and suspend their deployment until the aircraft’s safety is verified.

The Osprey deployment plan has also reignited long-running anger over the heavy presence of US troops on Okinawa and has become a headache for officials in Tokyo and Washington hoping to calm anti-base sentiment.

Okinawans are particularly angry because the Ospreys will be deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which the two countries agreed would be shut down more than a decade ago.

The base has remained in operation because a replacement site hasn’t been found.

Earlier in the year, the US it would delay flights of Osprey in Japan until it won the country’s confidence, but the US military appears to have run out of patience in the face of continuing protests.

7 thoughts on “Japanese islanders against unsafe military aircraft

  1. Pingback: Australian woman raped by US soldier | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: US soldiers accused of Okinawa rape | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: US soldier accused of beating Japanese child | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Protests against United States military bases in Japan | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Murder, rape around US military base in Okinawa | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Donald Trump makes Londoners’ lives miserable | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.