【PART 4】 The Mystery of Security Treaty Village (2): The UN Charter and the Postwar World

 

【20】 Why low-altitude flight is conducted all around Japan

 

Now, I feel that a few big mysteries out of the “postwar mysteries,” which are the focus of this book, have been solved. In short, Japan was not the “ally and vassal state” of the U.S., but rather, its “ally and potential enemy.” Viewing things this way makes some strange phenomena comprehensible.

For example, “low-altitude flight training” by USFJ became famous last year, when Osprey aircraft were deployed in Okinawa. As you can see in the diagram below, U.S. forces fly low all over Japan freely. This didn’t just begin now; this has been the situation for a long time.

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Like the map of the U.S. bases in Okinawa that I showed you in PART 1, when you see this diagram for the first time, you may be shocked to see the number of locations where U.S. Forces’ training is conducted. But don’t be surprised yet, because that’s not all! There are actually no regulations concerning the route or altitude of flight that U.S. aircraft must take to get to these training locations. It means that U.S. aircraft are effectively permitted to freely conduct low-altitude flight anywhere in Japan.

But then the question becomes, why do the USFJ have to conduct so much training throughout Japan in the first place? Military commentators say it’s because they need training of flight through mountainous areas, but if that’s the case, they could just do concentrated training in one specific area.