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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 14:48
US helicopter window drops on a school in Okinawa
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Part of a US helicopter has crashed on a school in Okinawa, Japan, renewing tensions with the local population.
 
The window dropped on the school grounds, slightly injuring one boy, news agency Kyodo said.
 
The southern island of Okinawa hosts the largest US military presence in Japan.
 
Over the past years, a number of accidents and crimes have led to growing local opposition to the US base.
 
The US presence on Okinawa is a key part of the post-war security alliance between the two countries.
 
The Futenma base is located in a residential area, with schools, shops, and hospitals. Residents have long been concerned about possible crashes or accidents.
 
In October, another US helicopter crash-landed and burst into flames in northern Okinawa.
 
In November, a US serviceman caused a deadly car crash on the island. When the accident was linked to drink-driving, the US military banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol.
 
In 2016, the murder of a woman was linked to an ex-Marine employed at one of the bases, also leading to a temporary ban on alcohol as well as a midnight curfew.
 
The US government wants to move Futenma, the largest Marine base in Okinawa, to a more remote location on the island.
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