Halt all U.S. military flight operations in Okinawa, or establish and enforce No-Fly zones

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Okinawa, a tiny island prefecture, occupies just 0.6% of land mass in Japan, but hosts 74% of the U.S. military bases in the country. Okinawa has a long and painful history of military occupation; there has been many deaths and serious injuries resulting from the U.S. military aircraft accidents/malfunctions. Please see below.

-June 30, 1959, an F-100 crashed into Miyamori Elementary School, claiming 18 victims.
-June 11, 1965, a girl was crushed to death by a trailer in a parachute drop training.
-November 19, 1968, a B-52 crashed and exploded. The bombs that the aircraft had been equipped with detonated, engulfing the area in flames.
-August 13, 2004, a CH-53D crashed at Okinawa International University.
-December 13, 2016, an MV-22 crashed while landing onto a reef in shallow water 0.6 miles off the Okinawa coastline of Camp Schwab.

Since October 2017, Okinawa has been threatened by a series of aircraft accidents and "incidents." Luckily none has resulted in deaths yet. It is just a time bomb about to go off, however.

-October 11, 2017, a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53R helicopter caught fire and crash-landed on a private field in a community of Takae, only about 1 mile south of Takae Elementary School.
-December 7, 2017, an object fell from a U.S. military aircraft onto the roof of a nursery school.
-December 13, 2017, a window from a CH-53E Super Stallion fell onto a sports field of an elementary school outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, injuring a 10-year-old boy.
-January 6, 2018, a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing on Ikeijima island, on the beach popular with tourists and surfers.
-January 8, 2018, a U.S. attack helicopter made an emergency landing in the grounds of a hotel in Yomitan Village.

The frequency of accidents and incidents of U.S. military aircraft is abnormal, and it is threatening the peace and security of the local civilians in Okinawa. United States taxpayers want our money to be put to a better use rather than being spent on disrupting peace and security of the innocent civilians overseas.

We demand that the U.S. military halt all flight operations in Okinawa or establish and enforce No-fly zones over residential/commercial areas where local residents are engaged in their daily activities such as spending time at home with their families, working or going to school.

 



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