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 ...

| Aug 8, 2013

U.S. helicopter crash puts Team Abe on spot

The crash of a U.S. Air Force helicopter inside an Okinawa military installation Monday amid local opposition to the deployment of tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a U.S. Marine Corps base on the main island has put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government on the ...

Yokota said candidate for Ospreys

Jul 30, 2013

Yokota said candidate for Ospreys

Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, indicated Monday that besides the Kadena base in Okinawa, Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo is a possible candidate site to host CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Carlisle said discussions ...

Jul 8, 2013

Hashimoto pushes Yao Osprey plan

by Eric Johnston

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, co-leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), hopes to push forward his contentious plan to bring U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft, currently deployed to the Futenma base in Okinawa, to Yao airport in Osaka Prefecture. At a ...

Ospreys land on MSDF destroyer in joint drill

Jun 16, 2013

Ospreys land on MSDF destroyer in joint drill

In a first, U.S. Marine Corps pilots landed two MV-22 Ospreys on the Japanese helicopter destroyer Hyuga during a joint exercise Friday involving the U.S. military and the Self-Defense Forces in California. The landing by the hybrid tilt-rotor aircraft, which takes off like a ...

Osprey route change to Kii from Kyushu riles

Mar 7, 2013

Osprey route change to Kii from Kyushu riles

Prefectural and municipal leaders have voiced strong anger over a sudden change in the planned low-altitude training flight routes to be used by U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The U.S. military said Tuesday that it changed the initially planned path across Kyushu ...