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. It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. 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. A senior U.S. Defense Official said the United States plans to return nearly 10,000 acres of land in Northern Okinawa, with a Formal Ceremony for the return set for Dec. 21 and 22. Carter also visited japanese self-defense force’s naval base in yokosuka and got onboard japan’s helicopter carrier izumo earlier the day. Carter is in Japan to try to soothe anxieties caused by the victory of President-Elect Donald Trump, who has called for allies to pay more to Sustain U.S. Forces, or face their possible withdrawal.

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