Outcry over US Marine helicopters after crash


Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — Emboldened by the public outcry over the recent crash-landing of a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter in Okinawa Prefecture, Gov. Takeshi Onaga has said he intends to demand that three of the six helipads used by U.S. troops in northern Okinawa be closed.

The helipads were constructed late last year after an agreement was struck for the United States to return around 4,000 hectares of land that have been used by the Marine Corps for jungle warfare training.

“I want to seek the removal of all six helipads,” Onaga . . .

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