US returns 27 acres of land on Okinawa Marine Corps base back to locals

The U.S. government returned 270 acres on Camp Foster to the Okinawa prefectural government on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES
The U.S. government returned 270 acres on Camp Foster to the Okinawa prefectural government on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES

US returns 27 acres of land on Okinawa Marine Corps base back to locals

by Matthew B. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The U.S. government returned a small portion of a Marine Corps base to the Okinawa prefectural government Tuesday in what amounts to the last planned land return without preconditions.

The 27-acre parcel includes frontage on the main highway, Route 58, between Camp Foster and Camp Lester. It was the site of the Facilities and Engineering Compound, Japan’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its website.

The return is the latest piece of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 2013 Consolidation Plan for Facilities and Areas in Okinawa, which focuses on land south of Kadena Air Base. Under that plan, the U.S. military has already returned 150 acres from Foster, Camp Kinser and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.624431

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