U.S. OKs Japan's Early Entry into Military Plane Crash Sites

Politics

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and U.S. governments agreed on Thursday to allow the Japanese side to enter U.S. military aircraft accident sites in the Asian country just after the accidents.

The two sides made the first revision to their guidelines on response to U.S. aircraft accidents outside U.S. military bases in Japan, which are based on the bilateral status of forces agreement.

The revision "will ensure clearly that (Japanese) on-site inspections are conducted swiftly and promptly," Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters.

"Local authorities also will be able to enter if necessary," Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said.

Under the previous guidelines, Japanese investigators and other personnel were required to obtain the consent of both countries' responsible officials to enter a restricted area around a U.S. military plane accident site.

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