Saturday, December 7, 2013

U.S. fighter jets' bombing exercises to move to Aomori from Okinawa | GlobalPost

Japan said Friday it has agreed with the United States to move by next March the bombing exercises involving U.S. fighter jets to Aomori in the country's northeast from an Okinawa island as part of Tokyo's efforts to reduce burdens on the southern prefecture.

Japan and the United States are also making arrangements for joint exercises to be held in training areas in Niigata and Gunma prefectures north of Tokyo from late February to mid-March, with plans to use MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Okinawa, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

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Comment: Moving military aircraft from bases at one end of the country to do "exercises" on the other is no small deal. For certain it's not like packing up the car and heading off to a vacation in the country with the wife and kiddies. The logistics of this is something that will have to get worked out over time. This could mean that moving the "exercises" is preliminary to moving whole squadrons. I wonder if this means that the U.S. and Japan are going to sell out the Okinawan's the way the U.S. just sold out the Israelis? The way the Chinese are shaking things up, the answer could be yes!!!

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