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Kin Town demands U.S. military return local beach

Date Posted: 2011-06-02

Kin Town’s Namisato district wants the U.S.Blue Beach training area returned, and to make their point they’ve refused to renew the contract for the new fiscal year.

The Namisato District Residents Association has made its point in a letter to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, saying they can’t agree to the American military continuing to use the beach, at least not without changes. In order for the association to consider renewing the contracts, they’ve imposed five conditions, including a prohibition on night flights by helicopters.

They also want the contract to include construction of a two-level intersection between the village road and the military road leading to the training area, avoiding helicopter arrivals and departures except to-and-from the helipad, a prohibition on low flights and flights in the sky above residential areas and schools, and a prohibition on all flights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Residents also want the governments to set up noise measuring instruments, and to open the training area for use by local residents on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

“We received damages from the training ground for many years,” says Naoya Yonashiro, the head of Namisato district. “Blue Beach is a place of relaxation for residents, and we want it returned to us.”

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