Air Force plans to deploy planes in Japan

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A U.S. government official said the Air Force plans to deploy Osprey planes in Okinawa, but a Japanese official said Okinawa would never agree to such a plan.

Michael Donley, the U.S. Air Force secretary, said the CV-22 Ospreys likely would be deployed at Kedena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, Tokyo’s Yomiuri Shumbun reported Sunday.

Susumu Matayoshi, an Okinawa prefectural spokesman told Christopher Johnstone, director for Northeast Asia at the U.S. Department of Defense, that Okinawa Prefecture would never agree to the planes’ deployment.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera Friday said Washington had not informed it of plans for such deployment.

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