Sunday, March 12, 2006

US Agrees To Return 3 Okinawa Facilities To Japan

The United States has agreed to return three facilities in Okinawa Prefecture to Japan during bilateral talks in Hawaii on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, Kyodo News reported on Sunday. The three are the Makiminato Service Area in Urasoe, Naha military port, and Camp Kuwae (Camp Lester) in the town of Chatan,Kyodo quoted sources familiar with the agreement as saying. The United States in addition agreed to transfer part of Camp Zukeran (Camp Foster), the sources said, adding that the latest agreement is expected to be contained in a realignment plan the two countries are to work out at the end of this month. Japanese and U.S. foreign affairs and defense officials held talks earlier this month in Hawii on realignment of U.S. troops currently stationed in Japan.