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Japanese worker dies in construction accident at Kadena Air Base

A Japanese worker was killed in an accident at a construction site at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 15, 2019

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Japanese worker was killed in a collision near a construction site Tuesday morning at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, Japanese police said.

The unnamed man in his 40s was crushed between two pieces of Caterpillar heavy equipment at approximately 8:50 a.m, said Okinawa Police deputy chief Eiji Hirata.

The incident occurred “near the old Kadena Elementary School construction site,” 18th Wing officials said in a Tuesday statement. They confirmed in an email Wednesday that the accident happened where the old school building is being demolished.

Okinawa Police are investigating the incident, Hirata said.

Kadena — the largest and most active Air Force base in the Far East — is home to the 18th Wing and the 353rd Special Operations Group.

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