Some residents and municipalities near the Yokota Air Base are upset the U.S. military plans to deploy Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to the facility in western Tokyo.
Kiyoharu Horiuchi, a 60-year-old former printing company worker who lives a 10-minute walk from the air base, said Wednesday he does not welcome the plan.
“Considering all the negative aspects such as the Osprey’s loud noise and its high risk of accident . . . I think nobody wants it to come near their home,” he said.
“I believe some people are even thinking about moving out of the city” of Fussa, where the base is located, he added.
A number of local authorities and residents said the government’s announcement on Tuesday was abrupt, considering the degree of public concern over the safety record of the aircraft.
The U.S. Air Force said it will base three CV-22 Ospreys at Yokota Air Base starting in the latter half of 2017, the first such deployment of the model to mainland Japan. Another seven will arrive in 2021.