Investigate Safety of Dangerous Aircraft Before Testing in Japan

Target: United States Military

Goal: Stop the deployment of the Osprey aircraft in Japan until further safety testing has been conducted

The United States Military plans to deploy the 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Okinawa, Japan. However, the citizens of Okinawa are concerned for their safety during the deployment. Okinawa citizens recently gathered to protest the deployment of the aircraft, claiming fears of safety and lack of responsibility from the United States. However, the military has made no plans to delay the deployment.

Earlier deployments of the Osprey in Morocco and Florida ended in crashes. The crash in Morocco led to the death of two Marines, and this Osprey is the same variant that will be in Japan. These incidents have led to the fears of another crash in Okinawa. The mayor of Okinawa, Atushi Sakima, has already called for an investigation of the aircraft’s safety. According to Sakima, the citizens, “Refuse to accept a deployment of Osprey that has already proven so dangerous.”

The presence of the U.S. military in Japan has already led to conflict between the military and the citizens. Okinawa currently holds more than half of the U.S. troops in Japan, and the controversy over the Osprey is adding to the anger that already exists. The Osprey will be deployed at a base which was supposed to be closed two decades ago, but has remained in operation due to a lack of a replacement site.

Okinawa citizens are concerned that new operations, such as this deployment at the base, will further delay its closing. Ensuring the safety of Okinawa citizens by testing the Osprey will help resolve some of the conflict between the citizens and the military. Demand the military delay deployment until further safety testing is conducted.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Military,

The Osprey aircraft is planned to be deployed soon in Okinawa, Japan. However, recent crashes of the Osprey in Morocco and Florida have led to safety fears from the citizens of Okinawa. These fears are adding to the tension between the U.S. military and Okinawa citizens that exists because of the heavy military presence in Okinawa.

I ask you to delay deployment of the Osprey until you have conducted further safety testing. Ensuring the safety of the citizens of Okinawa will resolve their fears, which will further help with the tension in Okinawa. Despite the importance of improving military aircraft, ensuring the safety of people should come first.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. I actually think the Osprey isn’t too bad in comparison to the older CH46 aircraft it will be replacing. The CH46 dates back to 1961 and considering the operational tempo, the Osprey has not proven so accident prone. The new aircraft are faster and there will be less noise pollution in Okinawa so it may be really positive.

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