Accidents or incidents involving US military aircraft in Japan more than doubled in 2017, despite reports to the contrary from the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on 22 January.
Onodera said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) conducted an assessment of the issue after he was told by US Navy Admiral Harry B Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), that the number of accidents had decreased in 2017.
Harris was quoted by Kyodo as saying at a 10 January meeting with Onodera in Hawaii that the number of incidents had decreased from more than 30 in 2016 to around 23–25 in 2017, including minor cases, serving as "proof of the priority the US military has been putting on safety".
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