Osprey Aircraft Deployed at U.S. Military Base in Tokyo

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)--Five CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft were officially deployed at the U.S. Air Force's Yokota base in western Tokyo suburbs on Monday.

This marked the first Osprey deployment to a U.S. military base in Japan outside the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.

The Ospreys are expected to conduct exercises including low-altitude flights, raising anxieties among local residents.

One of the five Ospreys made an emergency landing at Amami Airport in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, due to engine trouble during a flight from the Yokota base to the U.S. Air Force's Kadena base in Okinawa in June.

On Sunday, about 60 citizen activists staged a rally near the Yokota base against the Osprey deployment. Toshiyuki Obora, 61-year-old leader of the group, warned of the danger of the aircraft, saying: "No country other than Japan hosts so many Ospreys. An accident can happen anywhere."

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