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USFJ releases statement on MOD Symposium

UNRELEASED | Aug. 30, 2012

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, commander, U.S. Forces, Japan, released the following statement on the Ministry of Defense Symposium today:

I want to thank the Ministry of Defense for hosting the August 29 symposium on the MV-22B Osprey. After watching the event, I am grateful for the ministry’s actions to publicly address concerns and to gain people's understanding of the safety of the aircraft and the benefit of this capability to the Japan-US Alliance.

The Osprey offers a tremendous leap forward in medium-lift capability and significantly strengthens the United States’ ability to assist in the defense of Japan, perform humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and fulfill other alliance roles in the region. I look forward to seeing this aircraft in operation here in Japan. We will continue to support events such as this symposium to help allay concerns about the Osprey and the professional Americans who will fly them.

In closing, I would also like to thank the moderator, Midori Miyazaki, and each of the panelists (Hidemichi Katsumata, Yomiuri Research Institute Chief Researcher; Wataru Nishikawa, Japan Air Association Foundation; Noboru Yamaguchi, Professor, School of Defense Science, National Defense Academy; Mr. Rob Luke, US Embassy; and Col. Christopher Seymour, Commander, Marine Aircraft Group 26) for their professionalism and excellent interaction in discussing the issues.

*下記の日本語文書は参考のための仮翻訳で、正文は英文です。 Release # 181023

報道資料 2012年8月30日


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The MV-22B Osprey Information Center website can be found at

MV-22Bオスプレイ インフォメーションセンター ウェブサイトはこちらです。