U.S. handing air control over Okinawa back to Japan

Washington officially agreed Thursday with Tokyo to hand over to Japan on March 31 air traffic control rights around Okinawa Island that have effectively been under U.S. forces’ control since 1945, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Okinawa was returned to Japanese rule in 1972. The two countries initially agreed in 2004 to finish the transfer of the Kadena radar approach control, known as Kadena RAPCON, within three years. But they rearranged in 2008 to set the handover for this month.

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