Okinawa seeks to block Osprey deployment

Kyodo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday demanding that Tokyo and Washington cancel the planned deployment of MV-22 Osprey aircraft at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

The assembly stressed the risks surrounding the vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, referring to the “many casualties in repeated (test flight) crashes at its development stage” and that the deployment goes “against the effort to eliminate dangers” at the Futenma base.

Osprey flights were suspended from January 2001 to May 2002 due to test flight crashes.

The assembly also strongly criticized the central government for playing down the risks involved, and accused Tokyo of “ignoring human rights and the lives of Okinawa locals.”