US Defense Secretary is visiting Japan. The Secretary arrived at the US Air Force Base in the suburbs of Tokyo, changed to Blackhawk and headed to the base in the city center.
Urban base problems
There are many US military bases in Japan, and Tokyo has Yokota base where the Secretary flew from the United States and Roppongi base where helicopters landed. Bases in the city have noise problems, and there are many high-rise buildings in the surrounding area, so it is said that the safety is low. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government requires the US military to close the bases.
At this time, there is no sign that the US will close a convenient base, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has compromised by using the heliport jointly with the US military as a base for emergency use during disasters and emergency transport of victims.
The helicopter takes off Yokota Air Base, flies over a densely populated area, and then flies over a large dam lake (Sayama Lake). Helicopters then flew over Koshu Kaido (showing some tall buildings along the street) and flanked near Shinjuku’s skyscraper.
The large green space that appears after passing Shinjuku is Meiji Jingu, where you can see the main shrine (brown roof building) in the middle of the forest. The circular stadium visible after the green zone is the main venue for the Tokyo Olympics, and the helicopter landed at the US base in Roppongi shortly thereafter.
As you can see from the video, the US military base is located in the center of Tokyo, and it takes less than 10 minutes from here to the prime minister’s residence. Therefore, this heliport is operated as a very convenient base for transportation of American government leaders and military personnel.