U.S. Military To Return Land in Okinawa to Japan

In the largest return of land to Japan since 1972, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the U.S. will return 10,000 acres of land that it now uses for basing on the island of Okinawa. Resentment over U.S. military presence escalated this year following the murder of a 20-year-old Japanese woman by an American civilian working at a U.S. base. A formal ceremony for the transfer is scheduled for December 21st and 22nd.
The Cipher Take: This move is intended as an act of good will toward Japan and its people. Because of things like noise, inconvenience, and intermittent criminal activity by American personnel, the presence of U.S. bases can create friction with the local population. However, despite this measure, U.S. force presence in Japan will not decrease.


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