NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera sought support Saturday from Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima for a plan to return a number of U.S. military facilities in the prefecture to Japanese control.
“I believe the plan will contribute to further developing Okinawa,” Onodera told Nakaima in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.
Nakaima responded: “I hope the government will continue making efforts so the facilities and areas will actually be returned.”
The meeting took place a day after Tokyo and Washington agreed that land south of U.S. Kadena Air Base ...