Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto will visit Okinawa on Aug. 17 and 18 and brief Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta at the Pentagon last weekend over the planned deployment of MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft on the island prefecture, a senior ministry official said Wednesday.
Morimoto will also refer to his test ride in the tilt-rotor aircraft, whose deployment at the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in the densely populated area of Ginowan, Okinawa, faces huge protest.
The U.S. defense chief indicated during the talks with Morimoto that the U.S. side has no intention of altering its plan to start full operations involving Osprey aircraft in October at the Okinawa base...
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Another potential headline for this article could have been: Panetta tells Okinawan people where to stick an Osprey!