Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

United States to return Okinawa bases

Japan and the United States have reached an agreement that three military bases in Okinawa prefecture will be fully returned to Japan.

During talks at the vice ministerial level in Hawaii on the reorganization of U.S. forces in Japan Friday, the United States accepted a plan to return all facilities at Naha Port, Makiminato Service Area and Camp Kuwae to Japan, and part of Camp Zukeran, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Monday.

The agreement will be included in a final report, to be made at the end of this month. The decision will lessen the burden on Okinawa of hosting U.S. military facilities.

Japan has long sought the return of these facilities, and the United States finally gave its consent during the talks. Though it has not yet decided which parts of Camp Zukeran will be returned to Japan, a decision is expected shortly, the newspaper reported.


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