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U.S. military forces stationed in Okinawa Prefecture next week will participate in comprehensive disaster preparedness drills, Okinawa Gov. Keiichi Inamine said Friday. It will be the first time for U.S. forces to take part in such drills.

During the drills, which will be held Thursday, the U.S. forces will receive telephone and fax reports outlining disaster conditions. They will participate in air traffic control — making contact with aircraft from the Self Defense Forces, the Japan Coast Guard and prefectural police — using Kadena RAPCON, a radar approach control system, at the U.S. Air Force Kadena Base.

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