Jul. 09, 2012 - 10:48AM JST
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Sunday urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure that Japan receives all the relevant information on the results of an investigation into two crashes involving MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft in Morocco and Florida ahead of their scheduled deployment to Okinawa in August.
Gemba and Clinton met on the sidelines of the international conference on aid to Afghanistan.
Gemba said there are safety concerns about the Osprey in Okinawa and Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Fuji TV reported.
Speaking at a news conference at the Iikura Guest House, Clinton said the U.S. will work to ensure that any American military equipment brought into Japan will meet the highest safety standards.
Japan plans to send a group of 10 experts to the U.S. later this month to be briefed on safety measures being taken to prevent further incidents concerning the Osprey.
She also reaffirmed the Obama administration’s plan to speed up the realignment of its military forces in Okinawa, including the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps air base at Futenma to Henoko, Fuji reported.