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Kishida to Unveil U.S. Base Land Joint Use at Okinawa Event

Kishida to Unveil U.S. Base Land Joint Use at Okinawa Event

   Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will announce a plan for joint use of land in a U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture at an anniversary event Sunday, sources said Monday.
   At the ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of Okinawa's return to Japan from U.S. occupation, he aims to highlight the plan as an achievement in efforts to reduce the southernmost prefecture's burden of hosting many of the U.S. bases in Japan, the sources said.
   The land is the Lower Plaza residential area in the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Foster, also known as Camp Zukeran, which straddles the city of Okinawa and the village of Kitanakagusuku.
   The Japanese and U.S. governments have agreed on the return of the area to Japan in fiscal 2024 or later. Tokyo is considering building a park there for use not only by U.S. military personnel but also by Okinawa residents before the return of the land, the sources said.
   The Okinawa anniversary ceremony will be held at two venues, in Tokyo and Okinawa.

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