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    Okinawa Reportedly Passes Resolution Against US Army Flights After Window Fall

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly has endorsed a resolution urging the US military to suspend flights over Japan’s schools and hospitals, local media reported Thursday.

    The resolution was passed after last week’s incident, when a 10-year-old boy suffered a minor injury after a US helicopter window fell onto a local school, NHK World reported.

    The resolution calls for suspending flights due to the frequency of incidents, a lack of working safety measures implemented by the US military, and locals’ distrust in US forces.

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    The assembly stated that the resolution would be sent to the Japanese government and the US military in Japan.

    The US military presence in Okinawa, a tiny island prefecture in the south of the Japanese archipelago which hosts the vast majority of US troops stationed in the country, has been a source of repeated controversy in the Asian country. Local residents regularly protest the US presence over different incidents involving US personnel.

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