Japan, US hold talks over flight safety after military aircraft trouble in Okinawa

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Read: 415     10:47     09 November 2018    

Officials of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) held a meeting with U.S. forces in Japan here on Nov. 8 to discuss safety issues following a spate of trouble involving U.S. military aircraft in Okinawa Prefecture in January.


The meeting was the first of its kind to be held between the bilateral defense and military forces. However, Japanese officials stopped short of requesting U.S. forces to allow SDF personnel to enter the premises of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the city of Ginowan in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, as sought earlier by Japan's Defense Ministry.

Following the meeting, an official with the Defense Ministry told reporters, "We will deepen our mutual understanding regarding the flight safety of Japanese and U.S. forces as a whole, rather than focusing on the incidents in Okinawa in January." The official added, "We've just made a fresh start."

The official withheld from clarifying whether the ministry will discuss the dispatch of SDF staff to the Futenma airbase in future meetings of the bilateral forces. "It might happen," the official said.

In late January, then Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced that Japan sought to dispatch SDF officials to the Futenma airstrip, but the request was turned down by the U.S. military.

Onodera's successor Takeshi Iwaya, who assumed his post on Oct. 2, earlier told a press conference, "We would like to arrange the schedule for (on-site inspections) as early as possible."

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Japan, US hold talks over flight safety after military aircraft trouble in Okinawa

2018/11/1541743556.jpg
Read: 418     10:47     09 November 2018    

Officials of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) held a meeting with U.S. forces in Japan here on Nov. 8 to discuss safety issues following a spate of trouble involving U.S. military aircraft in Okinawa Prefecture in January.


The meeting was the first of its kind to be held between the bilateral defense and military forces. However, Japanese officials stopped short of requesting U.S. forces to allow SDF personnel to enter the premises of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the city of Ginowan in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, as sought earlier by Japan's Defense Ministry.

Following the meeting, an official with the Defense Ministry told reporters, "We will deepen our mutual understanding regarding the flight safety of Japanese and U.S. forces as a whole, rather than focusing on the incidents in Okinawa in January." The official added, "We've just made a fresh start."

The official withheld from clarifying whether the ministry will discuss the dispatch of SDF staff to the Futenma airbase in future meetings of the bilateral forces. "It might happen," the official said.

In late January, then Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced that Japan sought to dispatch SDF officials to the Futenma airstrip, but the request was turned down by the U.S. military.

Onodera's successor Takeshi Iwaya, who assumed his post on Oct. 2, earlier told a press conference, "We would like to arrange the schedule for (on-site inspections) as early as possible."

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Tags: Japan   US