Japan has asked the United States to refrain from flying US Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Japan after one of the tilt-rotor planes crashed off Australia, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Sunday.
“We will continue to ask the United States [to stop flying Ospreys] until we receive a solid explanation” about the accident, Onodera told reporters after an Osprey crashed off the coast of Queensland state Saturday, leaving three US marines missing.
The crashed Osprey was among the tilt-rotor aircraft deployed at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, where local residents have expressed concern about the safety of the aircraft that have a history of fatal accidents overseas.
Onodera, who assumed his post in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, said Japan also urged Washington to disclose information about the accident, investigate what caused it and take measures to prevent such an accident from happening again.
Japan also …