Japan’s central authorities and Okinawa authorities have been at odds for years over the Futenma base. Residents complain about what they see because the unfair burden they carry in supporting the U.S. army presence in Japan.
A 10-year-old boy suffered a minor harm however the precise trigger was unclear, an Okinawa prefecture official instructed Reuters. The boy was amongst about 50 kids on the elementary faculty grounds when the window fell from a U.S. CH-53E transport helicopter.
Japan’s Chief Cupboard Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated: “This kind of incident creates anxiousness not solely amongst these concerned with the college however the individuals of Okinawa and will by no means occur.”
Suga instructed an everyday information convention that the federal government would reply appropriately after getting an evidence from U.S. officers.
The U.S. Marines on Okinawa stated in a press release the helicopter had instantly returned and reported the incident.
“We take this report extraordinarily severely and are investigating the reason for this incident in shut coordination with native authorities,” the assertion stated.
“This can be a regrettable incident and we apologise for any anxiousness it has triggered the group,” it stated.
The Futenma base is surrounded by colleges, hospitals and outlets, and residents fear about air crashes. Crime dedicated by U.S. servicemen has additionally often angered residents.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has led the marketing campaign to get the bottom off the island, whereas the central authorities has proposed shifting it to a much less populated a part of the island known as Henoko.
A U.S. Marines CH-53E helicopter made an emergency touchdown and burst into flames in a U.S. army coaching space in northern Okinawa in October. Nobody was injured.
(Reporting by Linda Sieg, Nobuhiro Kubo and Kaori Kaneko; Enhancing by Paul Tait)
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