US makes biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

Protesters outside Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa prefecture, in SeptemberA deal to return American military land on Okinawa to the Japanese government was hailed on Wednesday as the biggest such land transfer in more than four decades. It marks “the largest land return to the Japanese government” since Okinawa reverted to Japanese control in 1972, Lieutenant General Jerry P. Martinez, US Forces Japan Commander, said in a statement. “It will reduce the amount of US-administered land on Okinawa by 17 percent,” he added.

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