Protests to the planned deployment of the controversial Osprey aircraft in the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma air station in Japan's Okinawa island gained momentum when 30 people staged a sit-in protest before the facility on Monday after pitching a tent to shield from pouring rain.
The group plans to stage a daily sit-in until August 5, when a massive protest rally by Okinawan residents is scheduled. Hiroji Yamashiro, the group's representative, said deployment of Osprey in October would likely negate an agreement between Japan and the U.S. to return the Futenma air base to Okinawa, Japanese media reported.
The islanders are concerned over the safety of the Bell Boeing-made MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport plane after a series of accidents involving the aircraft, the latest ones in Morocco and the U.S. state of Florida. Two airmen were killed in the Morocco crash. The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and the local mayor and other authorities were also opposed to the deployment of the aircraft in the island in Japan's south.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)