US Military Announces Biggest Return of Land in Okinawa in 44 Years

US Military Announces Biggest Return of Land in Okinawa in 44 YearsThe United States Armed Forces in Japan announced plans today to return 4,000 hectares — about 15 square miles — of Okinawan land back to the government of Japan, in what will be the largest land return since Okinawa’s reversion in 1972. The reversion treaty negotiated control of Okinawa back to Japan while maintaining U.S. military forces on the island, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. The plan will slash the amount of U.S.-controlled land on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa by 17 percent, according to U.S. Armed Forces Japan.

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