Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Spreading worries about Osprey | The Japan Times

The government has announced that the U.S. Marine Corps will train with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Shiga and Kochi prefectures in October. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the training will help reduce the burden on Okinawa Prefecture. Twenty-three Osprey aircraft are stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma in the central part of Okinawa Island. Mr. Suga’s rhetoric is hard to understand since the Osprey will continue to be stationed at Futenma.

The Okinawa prefectural assembly and the 41 municipal assemblies in the prefecture have passed resolutions calling for the removal of the Osprey from Futenma, expressing fears about its safety and the increased burden on Okinawa. The planned training will result in spreading worries about the Osprey from Okinawa to other parts of Japan.

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Comment: Consider it like a product demonstration or a test drive. It's a lot easier to sell it if they can see it and you know that a bunch of the local big wigs are going to get the VIP treatment and courtesy rides in them to schmooze them over. Call it Boeing's "Japan Osprey Promotion Tour 2013!"

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