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Protests as US Osprey aircraft arrive in Japan

Published on Jul 23, 2012 3:21 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The US military's Osprey aircraft arrived in Japan early on Monday as residents rallied against their deployment after recent crashes raised safety concerns.

Live television footage showed MV-22s being unloaded from a cargo ship at the US Marines' base in Iwakuni, western Japan.

Local protesters in a dozen small boats demonstrated against the controversial aircraft's arrival, chanting "We don't want the dangerous Osprey!" and "Osprey, go back to America".

The demonstration against the unloading of the aircraft would continue throughout the day, Mr Kiyoshi Oka, one of the protest organisers, said.

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