Japan Eyes Us Military Aircraft Accident Response

Japan eyes US military aircraft accident response

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the government is calling on the United States to allow Japanese police and fire departments to immediately respond to accidents involving US military aircraft outside its bases.

Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the situation must be changed.

He added that understanding and cooperation by the Japanese public are extremely important for the activities of the US military forces stationed in Japan.

In October 2017, a US military helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames on privately owned land in Okinawa Prefecture.

But based on bilateral guidelines, the US military barred Japanese police and firefighters from accessing the accident site.