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US apologises to Japan over repeated military accidents

US apologises to Japan over repeated military accidents

TOKYO (AFP) - The United States has apologised to Japan over a recent series of accidents involving US military equipment that have sparked anger over American operations in the country, a ministry spokesman in Tokyo said. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologised to Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents including the emergency landing of an American military helicopter in Okinawa on Monday (Jan 8). That came just two days after a similar incident on the southern Japanese island, where more than half the 47,000 American troops in Japan are stationed. "The minister said there was an apology from Secretary Mattis," a Japanese defence ministry spokesman told AFP. "I told him about the issue, raising concrete examples of various accidents that happened in September, October, November, December last year and January this year in Okinawa," Onode...

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