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Japan, U.S. Agree on Base-Related Environment Pact

Japan, U.S. Agree on Base-Related Environment Pact

   Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and U.S. governments said Monday that they have agreed to conclude a pact that allow environmental surveys in U.S. base sites in Japan before they are returned to Japan.
   The new pact stipulates the right of Japanese municipalities hosting U.S. bases to conduct prior surveys in the bases, such as research on cultural property and soil contamination.
   The Japanese government hopes the pact to supplement the Japan-U.S. status-of-forces agreement will be approved at the next ordinary parliamentary session, which will start in January.
   The pact is designed to help U.S. base-hosting municipalities to utilize returned land smoothly.
   Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has been calling on the Japanese government to agree on such a pact with the U.S. government. The southernmost Japan prefecture hosts most of U.S. bases in Japan.

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