March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
At the Higashi village representative council’s regular meeting, it was announced that noise complaints filed against US military aircrafts went up to 114 cases between April 1, 2016 to March 14, 2017. This is twice the number of complaints in the previous year. Higashi village mayor, Morihisa Iju, revealed the figures in response to an inquiry from Shinji Isa during the meeting.
According to the village, there were 68 noise complaints filed regarding the MV-22 Osprey, and 46 complaints were raised for other types of US military aircrafts. That is double the number of complaints made in each category in 2015. The complaints were mainly made in the Takae district where a helicopter landing area is located. Mayor Iju said, “the helipad is relatively close to residential areas. I will demand the key parties ensure the living environment for villagers is not changed drastically.”
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)