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U.S. agrees to let commercial flights use airspace controlled by its forces in Japan

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This is good news. Should reduce flight time a good deal.

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The United States has agreed to let commercial flights use airspace controlled by its forces in Japan, meaning the capacity of one of Tokyo's main airports 

They should do that, since it's airspace above Japanese territory right, as simple as that.

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Of course! If they want to control the airspace above their bases, they should move to their own territory. WWII ended 70 years ago. That the US military still occupies parts of Japan is an anachronism.

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Of course! If they want to control the airspace above their bases, they should move to their own territory. WWII ended 70 years ago. That the US military still occupies parts of Japan is an anachronism.

I completely agree with you.

Headline ought to have read: “Guests generously allow host use of amenities of their own home.”

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I bet the people at Haneda have been studying all sorts of things to make minor improvements over the years. Give them US controlled airspace and all of a sudden they have 65%(!!!) more capacity. Sugoi!

Might it be naive to think that this may make flights a bit cheaper. Japan has famously expensive landing fees, usually attributed to a lack of slots....

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For information on this from a U.S. military perspective, see this:

https://www.stripes.com/us-military-japanese-government-agree-to-let-civilian-flights-share-yokota-airspace-for-olympics-1.566568

What is interesting is that in both articles there is no mention as to whether this is a permanent change that will be put in place by the time of the Olympics or just a temporary one, one that is only for the Olympics.

One would think the former, but..... seems a little vague, based on the wording.

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.....so Narita will shelve its plans for expansion?

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So, U.S President should the landing in Narita, Haneda or even in Kansai.

Japan is a sovereign country, right?

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As I have said many times, Japan is still under US occupation. Japan even has to get US approval to use its own airspace? When will the Japanese people elect an independent PM? who reports to the Japanese people and not Washington? Regain control of your own sovereign country.

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Tourism is not necessarily the best avenue for revenue for Japan. If the new commercial airspace is for that purpose only, then it may become a tragic mistake all around.

Japan's infrastructure is already at its capacity and "aging" as with all the homes and buildings. Therefore, any increase in tourists, without proper structuring of infrastructure and prior and proper coordination with the people who has to "face" the influx of tourists, not knowing their "true" intention during this extremely unpredictable foreign relations within the region, definitely creates a self imposed "threat" for internal chaos.

Nice to have the access, but at what cost? is the question.

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Japan lost the war; lost the Kuril Islands to Russia; lost some air/land/sea space to the US

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You are right Bertie. Unfortunately, Japan’s occupation status does not allow it to exercise its sovereignty in many of its own affairs.

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