U.S. - Japan Agreement on Okinawa Bases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The U.S. agrees to return to Japan more land next to an American air base on the island of Okinawa.


TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and the U.S. have agreed on plans for returning to Japan land adjacent to Kadena Air Base on the southern island of Okinawa that is now used by the U.S. military.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos announced the agreement Friday.
Apart from plans for returning more than 570 hectares (1,400 acres) of land near Kadena, Abe announced a revised timetable for relocating the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in the Okinawan city of Ginowan. Futenma will be moved in fiscal 2022 or later. The original plan for relocating Futenma to another location, Nago, by 2014 was put off due to local opposition.
Okinawa was invaded by U.S. forces in World War II and has had an American military presence ever since.

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