Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Aug 25, 2014

Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera tried Monday to win over Saga Prefecture officials to his ministry’s plan to deploy V-22 Osprey transport aircraft at Saga Airport. The Self-Defense Forces plan to eventually deploy 17 of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft there. In a meeting with Onodera ...

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Aug 19, 2014

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Four MV-22 Osprey aircraft flew on Monday to the Atsugi air base, which is jointly used by the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force, in Kanagawa Prefecture for the third time amid local protests. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft will conduct landing and takeoff ...

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. Osprey aircraft may fly to Shizuoka, Tokyo

United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft deployed to Okinawa Prefecture could head across the country to two U.S. bases in central and eastern Japan next week, Japanese defense and local officials said Thursday. It would be the Osprey’s first visit to Camp ...

Sep 24, 2013

Japan-U.S. exercise involving Ospreys to be held in Shiga

U.S. Osprey aircraft will be used Oct. 16 during an 11-day joint exercise with the Ground Self-Defense Force at a training area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, Japanese officials said Tuesday. A senior Defense Ministry official said holding the exercise in Shiga will help reduce ...

Film depicts Okinawans' fight against Ospreys

Aug 12, 2013

Film depicts Okinawans' fight against Ospreys

by Mika Kurokawa

“The Targeted Village,” a documentary on the fight by Okinawa residents against the deployment of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft at the Futenma air base, is showing in Tokyo theaters. Released Saturday, the 91-minute film is based on an award-winning TV program produced by ...