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Japan says U.S. military aircraft mishaps more than doubled in 2017

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Simply increasing? We should ask how many aircraft are there? How many flights do they make per day, week, month? How many flight hours per day, week, month? Need it for the last few years.

Without that data, it is difficult to understand the scope of the issue.

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What a horrific picture. Hope the servicemen and/or women were ok...

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What a horrific picture. Hope the servicemen and/or women were ok...

The helicopter made a safe emergency landing because of a problem and caught fire on the ground. Everyone was ok.

But it sounds like Japan has changed it's definition of what constitutes an accident, if they only counted 11 last year and the US counted 30. Sounds like some creative accounting to backup their claim.

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If the US military let JSDF take more roles of US military forces in Okinawa to protect own country, US military would not be accused/blamed about military accidents whatever. Why not US military decrease bases there? but not all bases. Most personnels must be much happier if they can go home.

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Gaijin making silly comments. The point is dangerous incidents have been happening.

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Gaijin making silly comments. The point is dangerous incidents have been happening.

I got that just from the title. It would be interesting to know if overall drills and activity is increasing due to Short Fingers vs Rocket Man, or they are just getting careless.

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Two reasons for this: Increased level of operations in theater and more and more of the US military is being staffed by, let's say, the less educated.

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I think it is time for the marines to show some respect to the Okinawan people for the first time in 7 decades and finally leave like they should have they should have done decades ago. The $8 billion, every year, saved from shutting down the bases could fund matinance programs for these aircraft.

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The Japanes govt and the Okinawans (real Okinawans not Ryukyu Shimpo forged reports) say, “The bases are Staying”

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We'll the data from US military says decreasing and JDF says increasing, so which is it. I will say that since the last US administration cut military spending of the last 8 years, which does affect proper maintenance on US aircraft. Many planes were being maintained by using other existing aircrafts has parts because of the cuts. So hopefully with the second year of this administration going and spending increased we should see a decrease overall on all US hardware downtime..

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Eventually the Japanese Govt. will realize that the small island of Okinawa with its increasing population and increasing numbers of tourists is not suitable for the type of training that the Marines require. I just hope this happens before a tragic accident occurs. Some people think that the new facility at Henoko is the answer but that will not stop the incidents from happening, the incident with the helicopter in the picture happened a lot closer to Henoko than it did to Futenma.

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When considering statistics revealed by a government, reflect upon the words of a wandering sage - figures don't lie but liars sure can figure.

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It's just another subject (albeit a long reach) for the locals to complain about in regards to the U.S military, if it weren't for helicopter accidents to gripe about it would be the noise or the service members that go off-base, they will complain about anything and everything so long as the U.S bases remain.

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A couple of comments here are probably close to the truth of it being due to increased exercises.

There is also the little publicized issue of less recruits than in the past yet the military is still trying to meet outdated readiness goals based on more manpower.

This was brought to light from the investigaiton reports of the two destroyer collisions.

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Extanker- maybe it’s time for you to start treating them with respect instead of trivializing them. There complaining about everything because you treated them with impunity.

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JWTNSSNToday 05:46 am JST

Extanker- maybe it’s time for you to start treating them with respect instead of trivializing them. There complaining about everything because you treated them with impunity.

Actually when I was in the military, stationed overseas, I did exactly that. The same as the vast majority of American military personnel do. We are trained to be representatives of our country and to act accordingly.

Maybe that's why I take it so personally when uninformed people such as yourself question my integrity and make incorrect assumptions while preferring to just lump every US service member into the same group as the .01 percent that behaves poorly.

I'm sure it's a lot easier to focus on the handful of miscreants, than to recognize the thousands of military personnel who are upstanding representatives of the United States.

But I'm sure whatever country you're from never has anyone ever be a poor example of your fellow citizens, right? But I'm not going to make assumptions...

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Funny that you don't hear about JSDF incidents as much as you hear about U.S. military incidents.  Perhaps the media is more interested in saving the JSDF's face at the expense of the U.S. military? 

I noticed the JSDF are using the same equipment as the U.S. military.  Perhaps not flown as frequently as U.S., which is why you don't hear any JSDF accidents/incidents.

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extanker- I am American and I served as a corpsman with the marines and the submarine force. I currently live back and forward between Hawaii and Osaka, I used to live in Okinawa as well. I understand that most Americans serving are honestly good people. However if the Okinawans want us to leave and reject the replacement as they have done so. Then it is time for US military to pack up and leave. The us military has outlived its purpose in Okinawa. The reason for the bitterness towards our troops is due to the fact that they feel taken for granted.

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