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Defense Minister Minoru Kihara says Washington has promised to consult with Tokyo before it resumes Osprey flights in Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 23, 2024
U.S. promises to consult with Japan before resuming Osprey flights
Washington and Tokyo suspended flights after an Osprey crashed into the sea near Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in late November, killing all eight on board.
U.S. military officers prepare on Dec. 1 for a search for the CV-22 Osprey that went down off Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture on Nov. 29.
Jan 12, 2024
U.S. military ends recovery operation for Osprey crash off Japan
Most of the aircraft was recovered but the body of one of the eight airmen killed in the accident could not be retrieved.
A Ground Self-Defense Force V-22 Osprey aircraft takes part in a live-fire exercise at the East Fuji Maneuver Area in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in May.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 13, 2023
U.S. and Japan defense chiefs call Osprey safety 'top priority'
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara asked that the U.S. military not resume Osprey flights until the aircraft's safety could be ensured.
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel take part in a military drill involving a V-22 Osprey aircraft in June 2022.
Dec 8, 2023
The Osprey crash has lessons for the U.S.-Japan alliance
The U.S. and Japan bungled the initial response to the crash of an Osprey aircraft in Japan. Both must learn to improve communication in the future.
U.S. military Ospreys and helicopters are lined up on a runway at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Dec. 1
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 7, 2023
U.S. military grounds all Osprey aircraft after Japan crash
A preliminary investigation into the crash last week indicated that problems with the aircraft — not a mistake by the crew — had led to the deaths.
U.S. military officers on boats depart the Anbo Port on Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
Biden ‘heartbroken’ as U.S. confirms eight dead in Osprey crash
The crash — the first fatal accident involving an Osprey in Japan and deadliest ever since it became operational — has rekindled concern over its safety.
A Maritime Self-Defense Force ship conducts a search Monday in the waters off Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, where a U.S. military CV-22 Osprey crashed last week.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 4, 2023
Remains found in search for crew of U.S. Osprey that crashed off Japan
A source said five bodies and what appears to be the main part of the aircraft were spotted near Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force search for the crashed U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey from the coast of Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 3, 2023
Fears grow that Osprey crash may put dent in Japan-U.S. alliance
Experts say the United States should respond to Japan's demand for better operations at its military bases in the Asian country.
A U.S. Marine Corps's MV-22 Osprey takes off from Amami Airport in Kagoshima Prefecture on Saturday to join search operations.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 3, 2023
Engine fire believed behind deadly Osprey crash off Kagoshima
The Self-Defense Forces, Japan Coast Guard and U.S. military are continuing search operations for seven missing crew members of the CV-22 Osprey.
A U.S. military Osprey at the Futenma base in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, in 2022
Dec 2, 2023
U.S. forces dispatch two Ospreys for rescue operations after fatal crash
Wednesday's crash — the first fatal accident involving the tilt-rotor aircraft — has led to "great anxiety" in one of Washington's key allies.
A CV-22 Osprey at the U.S. military's Yokota Air Base in Tokyo in September 2018
Dec 1, 2023
U.S. Osprey crash rekindles safety concerns in Japan
The unique aircraft has had its share of incidents, but still has a relatively safe record compared to other military aircraft.
A Japan Coast Guard ship and helicopter search the area on Thursday where a U.S. military Osprey aircraft crashed off Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture a day earlier.
Nov 30, 2023
Japan asks U.S. to suspend Osprey flights until safety is confirmed
The U.S. air station in Futenma continued its operation of Osprey aircraft after Wednesday’s incident, causing local residents to voice their concern.
A U.S. military Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft takes off from U.S. military port facilities in Naha in March.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 29, 2023
Man found dead after U.S. military Osprey crashes into sea
According to the coast guard, six people were on board the aircraft.
An Osprey tilt-rotor plane from the Ground Self-Defense Force in Okinawa Prefecture's Ishigaki Island on Thursday
Oct 19, 2023
GSDF Osprey arrives in Okinawa for first time
The arrival of the aircraft came despite an Okinawa Prefectural Government request to the Defense Ministry not to use the airport on Ishigaki Island.
Three MV-22B tilt-rotor Ospreys fly in formation above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney in June 2017. A U.S. Marine Osprey crashed on a remote island north of Australia's mainland while taking part in military exercises on Sunday.
Aug 28, 2023
Three U.S. Marines die in Osprey crash during Australia drills
Australian personnel were not involved in the crash that occurred during Exercise Predator's Run 2023.
A pair of Ospreys take off from the U.S. military's Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 25, 2023
Low flights of U.S. Ospreys over Japan's mainland raise safety concerns
In June last year, an Osprey aircraft crashed in the United States, leaving five dead.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2021
Metal water bottle drops from U.S. military aircraft onto Okinawa residence
The U.S. Marines explained that the 25-centimeter bottle fell from the tilt-rotor transport aircraft when it took off from the Futenma air base.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2020
GSDF and U.S. Marines start joint drills in snowy Hokkaido
The Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marine Corps held a ceremony on Sunday to mark the occasion of their joint exercises taking place in Hokkaido.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2019
City in Chiba Prefecture approves provisional Osprey deployment
Kisarazu Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe voiced approval Wednesday for the proposed provisional deployment of the Ground Self-Defense Force's Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft to the Chiba Prefecture city.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2019
Japan to use Osprey aircraft for overseas rescue operations, sources say
The government plans to introduce a special operations variant of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft for Self-Defense Forces to conduct dangerous and covert missions abroad.


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