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Northern Training Area to be returned on December 22

Saturday morning’s Asahi said the Okinawa Defense Bureau on Friday sent letters notifying landowners at the Northern Training Area that some 4,000 hectares of the gigantic training area will be reverted to Japanese administration on Dec. 22. While noting that the GOJ and the USG plan to hold return ceremonies in Tokyo and Naha on Dec. 20 and 22, respectively, the daily said Okinawa Governor Onaga is likely to meet with Defense Minister Inada soon to ask the central government to conduct environment assessments at the helipads under construction based on the assumption that they will be used by the USMC Ospreys. The returned land will probably be handed over to the landowners in 2018 at the earliest.

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