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While Osprey Protests Embroil Okinawa, Other Japanese Islanders Welcome the Marines...
Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied Sunday in protest of plans to deploy a squadron of Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys in Okinawa. However, from the US standpoint, without the Osprey, the Marines cannot perform their mission. There is no alternative airframe available and as it seems, the United States is unable to satisfy the demands of the Okinawan protestors.