The prefectural government in Okinawa summoned the heads of local bureaus of the defense and foreign ministries June 8 to lodge a protest over the emergency landing of a U.S. military helicopter in a field on Tsukenjima island, part of the city of Uruma.
Some people may regard an incident of this nature as not such a big deal.
But imagine an 18-meter-long chopper weighing more than 5 tons coming down with thunderous roar just 120 meters from your home. You would be utterly terrified.
The absence of any serious damage is no justification whatsoever for taking this incident lightly.
The helicopter, based at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, made a precautionary landing around 11 p.m. on June 2 after a warning light came on, officials said.
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