TOKYO (AP) - The United States is moving ahead with plans to deploy its first Ospreys to Japan, despite strong opposition from residents over safety issues and concerns about their behavior patterns. Local residents have heard of the damage they have caused around the world.
"I know nothing of the Osprey," stated Miatsi Ocharou, Curator of the Tokyo Zoo.
Hatchu Mioshi, Director of Animal Husbandry at Ding Hau University stated, "We here in Japan are not familiar with the animal, we know nothing of the Ospreys, it is a species that we are not familiar with. We don't know why the United States is sending them here, we are sorry for the Pearl Harbor incident, but this might be the most insidious move the US has taken so far, if it is, in fact, a retaliatory move."
The first 12 Ospreys left San Diego on a ship bound for Japan on Sunday.
The plan has created an outcry all over Japan. Japan's Ministry has not announced when the ship is due to arrive, but an Iwakuni official said it would likely be later this month.