Japanese city opposes moving Kadena jet training

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 14, 2006

TOKYO — Omitama, a city north of Tokyo, adopted a resolution Tursday opposing a plan to relocate some Kadena Air Base F-15 fighter jet training to a local Japanese Air Self-Defense base, officials said.

Omitama city assembly voted unanimously to oppose a plan to hold the training at JASDF Hyakuri Base, city officials said.

Among objections stated in the resolution: an increase in noise and safety and security concerns.

The city assembly plans to submit the resolution to Ibaraki Prefectural Office and Defense Facilities Administration Agency.

A draft U.S.-Japanese plan agreed in October recommended spreading out U.S. training among several Japanese bases to reduce the impact of training on communities near the U.S. bases.

Japanese media have reported that Hyakuri is being considered as a relocation site for Kadena training.

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