The tiltrotors are expected to be deployed at the Kyushu-Saga International Airport and will be used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to boost its capabilities, including for the protection of remote islands.
"The request of the defense ministry is related to security, which is fundamental for the country. It is the Saga prefecture's basic position to cooperate in the area of national defense policy, and we should also bear a certain burden. There is no unreasonable point in the defense ministry's explanation on safety, and I believe that today's agreement has eliminated some fears of fishermen," Yamaguchi said, as quoted by the broadcaster.
After securing the consent of the prefecture's authorities, the Japanese Defense Ministry is expected to enter negotiations with fishermen and owners of lands in the southern part of Saga city, where garrisons and other facilities are due to be constructed, the broadcaster added.