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Governors want some safety guarantees on MV-22 Osprey

Date Posted: 2012-08-08

Governors of 14 Japanese prefectures have banded together to demand both Tokyo and Washington keep the controversial MV-22 Osprey transport planes grounded until someone figures how to guarantee that they’ll be safe to operate.

The 14 governors are all from prefectures that host American military bases. They’ve criticized both Tokyo and Washington for allowing the planes to even be delivered. “It’s very regrettable that they appear to have prioritized deployment over safety,” is how they described their feelings in a joint statement.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima is reiterating that his constituents want and need reassurances about the MV-22’s safety in the light of two crashes in Florida and Morocco earlier this year. “Okinawa demands that the United States identify the causes of the two accidents, ensure their safety and make a convincing case to Okinawa citizens,” he said. Fellow governor and group leader Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa says his colleagues will deal with the issue in a coordinated manner. He warns that “The foundation of the Japan-U.S. alliance will be shaken unless sufficient measures are taken.”

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