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Pair of Okinawa-based Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan

No injuries or damage were reported after two Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft made separate precautionary landings Tuesday in Japan.

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Okinawan group collects over 100,000 signatures for relocation referendum

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