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Friday, June 29, 2012

Okinawa comedians turn to Ospreys for new material


NAHA, Okinawa Pref. — Comedians in Okinawa have started using the planned deployment of U.S. Osprey aircraft in their act.

In a show written and directed by Masamitsu Kohatsu, the performers are on stage watching a 3-D horror movie. One of the comedians mutters, "This isn't frightening at all." Then, as a model Osprey plane comes over the stage, he cries out, "It's coming down! I'm scared!"

The show drew more than 400 people to its opening in Naha on June 16.

Kohatsu, 37, and his cohorts have been using the U.S. bases as comedic fodder for years.

"I feel the Osprey is edging closer toward us while we are not being properly informed," he said. "I hope visitors laugh at the comedy and also become more aware of the planned deployment."

The comedians not only joke about the U.S. military but also make fun of local residents.

During the show, elderly women protest a visit to Okinawa by the defense minister, but when he passes nearby, they flock to take photos of him with their phones.

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