Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

May 24, 2015

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the Diet on Sunday to protest efforts to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa. The protesters, who organizers said numbered about 15,000, surrounded the building while holding banners reading ...

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

May 18, 2015

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

The deadly crash of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Hawaii on Sunday sparked further concern in Okinawa Prefecture over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft, 24 of which have been deployed at a controversial U.S. base in the island prefecture. The ...

May 7, 2015

U.S. to sell 17 Ospreys for GSDF

The United States plans to sell 17 V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor military transport aircraft, associated equipment, parts and logistical support to Japan for an estimated cost of $3 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday. The agency said it delivered the required certification ...

New Saga governor reconsiders Osprey deployment proposal

Jan 15, 2015

New Saga governor reconsiders Osprey deployment proposal

New Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Wednesday he will undertake a new review of the proposal to militarize Saga airport by letting the Ground Self-Defense Force deploy a fleet of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft there. His predecessor had supported the plan. “I will deal with ...