US military to return 4,000ha of land it controls in Japan's Okinawa

Protestors against the construction of helipads for US forces clash with riot police in Okinawa on July 22, 2016.
Protestors against the construction of helipads for US forces clash with riot police in Okinawa on July 22, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States military said on Friday (July 29) it was preparing to hand back to the Japanese government more than a sixth of the land it controls in Okinawa, in a move that could help defuse opposition to the American presence on the island.

The 4,000ha of land to be returned is part of a jungle training camp in the north of Okinawa, the military said in a statement.