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U.S. to return land in Okinawa, Carter visits troops

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 01:53

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid plans by the U.S. to return some land in Okinawa to the Japanese government by the end of the year. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The United States military plans to return some land in Okinawa to the Japanese government by the end of the year, the largest transfer since 1972, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday (December 6). Resentment over the U.S. military presence surged this year after an American civilian working at a U.S. base, Kenneth Franklin, was arrested over the murder of a 20-year-old Japanese woman, Rina Shimabukuro. Carter made the announcement during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the capital, Tokyo. A senior U.S. defense official said the United States plans to return nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of land in northern Okinawa, with a formal ceremony for the return set for Dec. 21 and 22. Carter also visited Japanese Self-Defence Force's naval base in Yokosuka where he told service members there that he expected President-elect Donald Trump's administration will preserve the "strategic mission" of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Carter is in Japan to try to soothe anxieties caused by the victory of Trump, who has called for allies to pay more to sustain U.S. forces, or face their possible withdrawal.

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U.S. to return land in Okinawa, Carter visits troops

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 01:53