Friday, July 27, 2012

Asia Times Online :: Noda feels heat over Osprey deployment

The US Marine Corps (USMC) this week deployed 12 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey aircraft to its Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi prefecture of western Japan, despite concerns over the tilt-rotor aircraft's safety record heightened by two recent crashes.

More than 500 citizens on Monday staged rallies around the air base over the arrival of the Ospreys, with dozens of local people taking to fishing boat and dinghies to demonstrate in its harbor. Washington plans to deploy the MV-22s to Air Station Futenma in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa, in September.

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