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


21】 Low altitude flight training targets nuclear power plants


A U.S. aircraft once crashed right next to the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant on Shikoku island, far from its training route (June 25, 1988). Please examine the diagram below. You can see that it crossed the sky right above the NPP, and crashed on the mountainside. The aircraft, which crashed on the side of the mountain away from the NPP, was smashed to smithereens, and all seven crew members died. If the aircraft had crashed on the side facing the NPP, it could have led to a disaster the scale of Fukushima. The aircraft had been flying from the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture to Okinawa.

Strange. It had no business flying low over such an area, considering the circumstances. Hiromori Maedomari, the author of Introduction to the “Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement,” Which Is Actually More Important than the Constitution, has an unsettling theory about this.

“They were training with the nuclear power plant as the virtual target, most likely,” he says.

At first, even I thought that went a bit too far, that it sounded like a conspiracy theory. Come to think of it though, low altitude flight is a form of training for military attack, so there has to be a virtual target. If so, the fact that they were flying low over such a location inevitably suggests that they saw the NPP as the target.

To say that “U.S. aircraft conduct low altitude flight training to bomb NPPs all over Japan” is a conspiracy theory. However, there is no doubt that “U.S. aircraft conduct low altitude flight training all over Japan so that they’d have the option to attack NPPs throughout Japan if they chose to.”