BY JULIAN RYALL
TOKYO — The U.S. military is to return a 4-hectare plot of land that is part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ sprawling Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, a move that is being seen as a demonstration of Washington’s commitment to scaling down the base as rapidly as possible.
The land is on the east side of the facility and will be handed back to the control of Japanese authorities on July 31. In all, the base covers more than 480 hectares.
The plan to return the land . . .
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