A U.S. MV-22 Osprey took part Friday in a joint exercise in Hokkaido between the Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The tilt-rotor transport aircraft joined the exercise amid local opposition spurred by the central government's decision to retract its request for the United States to suspend Osprey flights because of the fatal Osprey crash off Australia.

The fatality-ridden safety record of the Osprey has raised concern for decades.