ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
International relations

Ongoing helicopter troubles stir ire at US military in Okinawa

Grounding request ignored; growing anger may affect mayoral poll

An AH-1 attack helicopter made an emergency landing Tuesday in Okinawa Prefecture, the latest in a string of U.S. military aircraft mishaps.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera urged the U.S. on Wednesday to halt flights by AH-1 attack helicopters in Okinawa Prefecture after a second incident involving the aircraft this month, but the appeal went unanswered to the dismay of local people.

The latest incident involves an AH-1 helicopter making an emergency landing on the small island of Tonaki, west of Okinawa's main island.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more