Thursday, October 3, 2013

Japan, U.S. to promote transfer of Osprey training away from Okinawa | The Japan Times

Tokyo and Washington are set to unveil Thursday a string of measures aimed at mitigating the impact of U.S. forces on Okinawa, including promoting the transfer of Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey training flights outside of Okinawa or abroad, sources close to bilateral ties said Monday.

The measures to be finalized at a meeting of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet also include allowing fishing boats to enter waters east of Okinawa’s main island, designated as a training area for the U.S. military, which are effectively off-limits to such vessels at present.

The move is aimed at helping to pave the way for the construction of a replacement facility farther north on Okinawa Island for U.S. Marines Corps Air Station Futenma, given the need to obtain authorization from Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima for a landfill in a coastal area designated for the future facility.

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Comment: So now the Japanese are not only going to pay for the U.S. Osprey training that's being cut in half (see the next story below) by sending them to mainland Japan to terrorize the folks up there for a change but, they're going to trick local fishermen into agreeing by opening up waters previously set as off limits (a training area that's probably loaded with spent DU ammunition) so  they will agree to building that monstrosity in Orua Bay. Kinda makes you want to pop open a brewski and grill a big fat flounder or something doesn't it!

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