A part of a US helicopter crashed on a school in Okinawa, Japan, renewing tensions with the local population.
The window of the helicopter dropped on the school grounds, slightly injuring one boy.
Over the past years, a number of accidents and crimes have led to growing local opposition to the US base.The southern island of Okinawa hosts the largest US military presence in Japan.
According to the Reuters news agency, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said “this sort of incident creates anxiety not only among those involved with the school but the people of Okinawa and should never happen”.
The US military confirmed in a statement that the window of one of its helicopters fell onto the sports ground of an elementary school outside the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
They stated, “We take this report extremely seriously and are investigating the cause of this incident in close coordination with local authorities.This is a regrettable incident and we apologize for any anxiety it has caused the community.”
In October, another US helicopter crash landed and burst into flames in northern Okinawa.
In November, a US serviceman caused a deadly car crash on the island. When the accident was linked to drink driving, the US military banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol.
The governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga is leading a campaign to get the US military base off the island completely.