October 29, 2012

Report: U.S. should allow Japan to use military air base for commercial flights

By Zachary Hosford

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist(s) Chico Harlan

This city of 35 million says it badly needs a third airport to help it meet rising demand for passenger flights. And its officials think just the right airport already exists: a U.S. air base in the sprawling western suburbs, under the shadows of Mount Fuji.

Despite almost a decade of lobbying from Tokyo and the central government, Japan hasn’t persuaded the United States to grant it partial use of Yokota Air Base. Talks stalled after a 2007 feasibility study raised the possibility of emergency-time chaos if the base were handling both military jets and commercial planes.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

  • Zachary Hosford