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Japan approves U.S. Marine flights of Ospreys after crash

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Good call! Sometimes the best choice isn't the popular but I'm glad the minister listened to reason.

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Let's see now. TOKYO will allow Osprey flights over OKINAWA.

That's big of them!

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Approved? When Japan asked the U.S. to stop they got ignored,so it doesn't look like they had much choice but to "approve."

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Having 2 huge tilt-rotors is a bad idea. Better to have 4 smaller tilt-rotors. If an RPG takes out one rotor, the other 3 could keep it from a hard landing. With only 2, you're toast.

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Speed over safety...

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An Osprey can fly with one engine as the rotors are cross-linked inside the wing, granted reduced operability as one engine is not powerful enough for hover operation.

Flight, controlled descent/glide are still possible. Ergo it won't just drop like a rock.

4 smaller rotors won't generate the same lift as 2 big ones(CH-46, Ch-47).

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Business as usual.....

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please share that "understandable explanation" the US army has given to the Defense Ministry. They probably didnt even get anything, just are trying to save face because the Japan Defense is too weak, to low to demand or even protest to the US.

Little doggy sit, the master decided.

Japanese residents, is that who you like it ? Your country mostly already ruled by an foreign goverment ?

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Unless the USMC implemented a shutdown of all Ospreys in operation worldwide, suggesting a confirmed mechanical accident cause, Japan should not have even requested what it did, since the outcome here was extremely obvious.

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This Osprey incident is adding insult to injury of the sovereignty of Japan.

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Approved? When Japan asked the U.S. to stop they got ignored,so it doesn't look like they had much choice but to "approve."

So essentially, and in reality, "The Japan That [Can't] Say No".

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Abe has to get rid of Onodera asap. USA medias report as if Abe wrote White Paper, and Abe is the one who couldn't care less of soldier's life.

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Of course Japan said they could, they wouldn't dare say otherwise. Cementing their place as Asias doormat

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Japan did not say. Onodera, thinking he will replace Abe very soon, said that. Japan should evict Obsolete Marines along

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BertieWoosterAug. 11  05:12 pm JST

"Let's see now. TOKYO will allow Osprey flights over OKINAWA.

That's big of them!"

Not just over Okinawa. On Friday four flew from Futenma to Misawa in Aomori.

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Japan doesn't make operational command decisions for another army. If they hadn't said anything to begin with they wouldn't look so bad

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All this whining over sovereignty is completely useless. Japan needs the US to provide nuclear umbrella defense against DPRK and the PRC. End of story.

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toshiko: "Japan should evict Obsolete Marines along"

... as Japan panics about NK and hides behind the US.

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Wow, thanks Japan for allowing us to protect you. Very big of you.

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FabiusLipsToday 01:13 am JST wrote:

Japan needs the US to provide nuclear umbrella defense against DPRK and the PRC. End of story.

Interesting that whenever security is threatened, the U.S. is needed to provide NUCLEAR umbrella defense.

When everything quiets down, the anti-nuclear and anti-U.S. protests will resume.

I see the same thing at the local level: anti-police protests and demonstrations and demands for police to be removed. Until their homes are robbed and loved-ones are threatened/kidnapped/killed. Then all of sudden the police presence are "needed". The same with anti-gun advocates. When they are mugged, the next thing they do is buy a gun for protection against future threats.

How come these same anti-war/anti-U.S. military/peace-advocates aren't protesting AGAINST North Korea's threats of military actions and nuclear destruction? How come they aren't protesting against China's military presence in the South China Seas region?

If these same anti-war and peace advocates are serious about world peace and a nuclear-free world, they would be consistent and protest against BOTH sides, especially against North Korea and China who are destabilizing the region.

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The USMC has just grounded all Ospreys from Operation for a 24 hour operation reset. This is global in scale. Seems there may have been a mechanical cause.

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Interesting that whenever security is threatened, the U.S. is needed to provide NUCLEAR umbrella defense.

When everything quiets down, the anti-nuclear and anti-U.S. protests will resume.

You're correct. But most of the locals and their loyal fans over here don't want to admit that Japan is actually a child-state. Tantrums when it doesn't get its way, and running to mommy when the bogeyman appears.

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