• Kassidy O.

Land Being Returned to Japan

The US military will return more than 9,800 acres of land to Japan's government this month. The land has been held since WW2. The 9,852 acres of land is on the island of Okinawa, which is home to a large US military base complex southwest of Tokyo. The US had turned most of Okinawa over to Japan in 1972. This is the largest return of US-occupied land since the end of World War II in 1945. The US and Japan have been negotiating the handover since the 1990s.

To make this process smoother, the Japanese government agreed to build six helicopter landing zones as well as some access roads to allow US troops to train in the area, a senior US defense official told CNN. The US military is still responsible for the area, which was used for jungle warfare training, a US official said.

According to CNN, "A senior defense official told CNN that the formal handover is due to take place on December 21 and 22 at an event to be attended by US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and the commander of US Forces Japan, Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez."

More than 52,000 US troops are housed in Japan and is causing a big argument and has only progressed to become worst related to following several violent incidents caused from the American bases on the island.

CNN states that "at a June protest attended by more than 60,000 people in the Okinawan capital of Naha, the island's governor, Takeshi Onaga, said he would strongly ask the Japanese government to move all US military bases outside of Okinawa."