Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Japan, U.S. mull use of Ospreys in joint disaster drill in Oct. | GlobalPost

Japan and the United States are considering using the U.S. military's controversial MV-22 Osprey aircraft in a joint disaster drill planned for October, Japanese government officials said Tuesday.

The drill, which will simulate the response to a powerful earthquake, also appears to be aimed at easing lingering local opposition to the Osprey by focusing on the transport aircraft's usefulness in the event of a disaster, political observers say.

The exercise involving Japan's Self-Defense Forces and U.S. forces is the first of its kind organized by the SDF and is based on a scenario of an earthquake centered on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, the officials said.

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Comment: The ospreys will be used to simulate what happens when people fall out of highrise buildings in cities like Osaka and Nagoya by throwing Al Qaeda terrorists out of the aircraft from high altitudes without parachutes. Unconfirmed sources are reporting that if during the course of the drill they run out of terrorists to throw out of the Osprey's, the US is planning to substitute the terrorists with journalists who've run stories uncomplimentary to the regime or the dear leader.

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