U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes "great progress" has been made on ensuring safe operations of the Osprey aircraft to be deployed in Okinawa Prefecture. Nevertheless, resistance to the deployment remains strong in the prefecture--and the clock is ticking as the planned start of operations involving the tilt-rotor aircraft nears.
"We have made great progress on this issue, important progress. And I believe we can expect a positive announcement soon," Panetta said Monday at a joint press conference with Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto.
He indicated that both countries will shortly reach an agreement on measures to ensure the U.S. Marine Corps' MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft operates safely.
"We will do everything possible to respond to the concerns with regards to the Osprey," Panetta said. "We will take whatever steps necessary to try to assure the people involved here that the operations are safe, that we will do whatever we can to provide noise abatement."
Panetta's comments were a nod to residents of Okinawa Prefecture, which hosts the marine corps' Futenma Air Station. The Ospreys will be deployed at the air base.
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)