- General News
GSDF achieves 10,000 patient airlifts in Okinawa region
14:42 JST, April 7, 2022
The Ground Self-Defense Force announced Wednesday that it has reached 10,000 emergency patient airlifts in Okinawa Prefecture and the remote islands south of Amami Oshima in Kagoshima Prefecture.
The GSDF took over the mission from the U.S. military in 1972 when Okinawa Prefecture was returned to Japan.
Emergency patient airlifts are carried out by the 15th Helicopter Squadron based at Camp Naha in Naha. The unit operates as a disaster-response squad and is dispatched to transport patients from areas with insufficient medical systems, such as remote islands, to medical centers.
A total of 13,365 patients have been transported to date.
On Wednesday, a CH-47 helicopter transported a seriously injured woman in her 80s from Minami-Daito in Okinawa Prefecture to Naha.
"Society" POPULAR ARTICLE
JCG Captain Mistook ‘No. 1’ Position for Permission to Take off Prior to Haneda Accident; Voice Recorders Being Analyzed
Possibility of Warning-Level Snowfall in Tokyo’s 23 Wards; Heavy Snow Expected in Japan’s Kanto-Koshin Region (UPDATE 5)
Hepburn-Style Romaji Likely to Become Standardized
Over 10 Killer Whales Trapped Amid Drift Ice Off Coast of Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula
Earthquake Measuring Magnitude 4.3 Hits Kyoto Prefecture; No Tsunami Expected (Update 1)
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Japan Eyes 45 B. Yen in Aid for Optical Semiconductors
- Business, Labor Leaders Reaffirm Vow to Raise Wages in Shunto Talks
- Japan Real Wages Fall at Steepest Pace in 9 Years in 2023
- Pressure Mounting for Wage Increases in Shunto Negotiations; Fears about the Response of Struggling SMEs
- Japan’s Job Availability Ratio Rises for 2nd Straight Year