The governor of Okinawa, Hirokazu Nakaima today called for the country's authorities to halt plans to deploy in a base of U.S. aircraft that island-type MV-22 Osprey, involved in several accidents. Nakaima reported that position Koichiro Gemba Chancellor, who said that the said island territory in the South West can not allow the Pentagon to bring these ships to the facility in the city of Ginowan while unaware of the causes of adverse events with these devices.
Our first mission is to protect life and property of citizens, the governor said, quoted by the media. The application was preceded by a demonstration on Sunday in the said city, where about five thousand people were against the deployment of these planes in Futenma, located in a residential area.
The rejection is based on accidents like the one with a CV-22 Osprey recently in Florida, USA, where its five crew members were injured. one of these devices also crashed last April in Morocco, leaving two dead. In Okinawa, most of the population opposes the U.S. military presence in the territory, which concentrates. This feeling is associated with factors such as crimes of various kinds committed by Marines, especially sexual, and environmental pollution, among others.