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Posted: 6/25/2001 6:25:40 PM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010625/tCB00V3892.html Monday, June 25, 2001 Japan Fighter Mistakenly Fires at Car TOKYO-- A Japanese fighter jet conducting training on the northern island of Hokkaido mistakenly strafed a parking lot Monday, smashing the rear window of a passenger car and penetrating the roof of a garage. There were no injuries, police spokesman Akihiro Ishikawa said. But the Defense Ministry issued an apology and suspended all Air Self-Defense Force training involving shooting. "This sort of incident should never happen. I would like to apologize," said Vice Defense Minister Ken Sato, who bowed deeply before reporters. "This is unbelievable." The ministry also sent investigators to Hokkaido and has begun questioning the fighter pilot, said ministry spokesman Tateki Kaiwa. The accident comes as Japan debates changing its pacifist constitution to allow it a more proactive security role in international conflicts. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is a vocal backer of the reform. The F/4 fighter jet was conducting an air-to-ground firing drills when the 20 -mm practice rounds went off inadvertently while the plane was in the air, said Air Self-Defense Force spokeswoman Tomoko Tanaka. The rounds shattered the rear window of a car parked at a drug addiction rehabilitation center near the firing range. The roof of the minibus garage at the center had a hole in it, Ishikawa said. Bullet traces were also found at a golf course near the training grounds, Kyodo News Agency reported. Ministry spokesman Kaiwa said it was possible the rounds hit one of the six golf courses that surround the training site, but could not confirm the report. The Defense Ministry said 200 rounds were fired, though only 18 had been recovered. "We were so fortunate it happened just before lunch time when almost everyone was inside the building," Takahiro Fukura of the rehabilitation center told Japanese television. The firing range in Shimamatsu is one of two in Japan and is about 490 miles northeast of Tokyo. Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 6/25/2001 6:27:28 PM EDT
BANZAI !!!!! [heavy]
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 6:12:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/26/2001 6:10:13 AM EDT by kpel308]
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 6:49:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 6:57:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By warlord: Vice Defense Minister Ken Sato, who bowed deeply before reporters."
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Deep bows do not excuse the horror of this incident. No more guns for the Japanese military.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 7:14:26 AM EDT
The Japanese being the most racist people on earth, it'll probably come out that the golf club had admitted an Occidental and was being punished.....
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 7:33:51 AM EDT
Wonder if the pilot is going to join the "Four Finger Club"...?
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 7:53:02 AM EDT
Mr Tofu your Higher Power wouldn't approve of your recent drug use...How do I know?......He sees everything. PAUSE Really Mr Tofu, your car did not just explode in our parking facility. Give me that Saki bottle immediately Sir.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 10:01:47 AM EDT
Wow, a drug rehab center next to a bombing range. That ought to calm those jumpy addicts through their withdrawls.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 10:12:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 12:25:51 PM EDT
Hmm. 200 Rounds to fill 18 holes. What was the par on the golf course. Obviously, he was no Tiger Woods. I wonder what the acid guys thought. Maybe they should tell 'em it was a huge acid flashback.
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