2022.05.15 17:06Nation

米軍住宅地区を緑地公園に 共同使用で負担軽減アピール―岸田首相


2022.05.15 17:06Nation

Kishida Unveils Joint Use of U.S. Base Land in Okinawa before Return

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday that the joint use of a residential site at a U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture by Japan and the United States is likely to start before the land's planned return to Japan.
   He unveiled the prospect during a visit to the Lower Plaza residential area, part of the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Foster, also known as Camp Zukeran.
   The prime minister is slated to formally announce the planned start of the joint use of the Lower Plaza area before its return at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan from post-World War II U.S. occupation, to be held in the city of Ginowan in the southernmost Japan prefecture later on Sunday. He will attend the event in person.
   The return of the site is part of the efforts to reduce Okinawa's burden of hosting U.S. bases. The bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan are in Okinawa.
   The Japanese and U.S. governments have agreed that the site of the Lower Plaza area, which straddles the city of Okinawa and the village of Kitanakagusuku, will be returned to Japan in fiscal 2024 or later.