Twelve Okinawa-bound US military aircraft have arrived in Japan, amid protests by residents over safety.
The Osprey aircraft arrived by cargo ship at a US base in Iwakuni, western Japan, ahead of deployment to Okinawa later in the year.
The Ospreys will be based at Futenma, an airbase in a crowded part of Okinawa that residents want closed down.
The US has agreed to close the base, but there is deadlock over the proposed replacement site.
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