United States Forces Japan

United States Forces Japan

Country  Japan
 United States
Nickname(s) USFJ

The United States Forces Japan (USFJ) (在日米軍 Zainichi Beigun) is an active subordinate unified command of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). It was activated at Fuchū Air Station, Tokyo, Japan on 1 July 1957 to replace the Far East Command (FEC). USFJ is commanded by the Commander, U.S. Forces, Japan (COMUSJAPAN). COMUSJAPAN is also the Commander, Fifth Air Force. At present, USFJ is headquartered at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan.

COMUSJAPAN, plans, directs and supervises the execution of missions and responsibilities assigned to him by the U.S. Commander in Chief, Pacific (USCINCPAC). He establishes and implements policies to accomplish the mission of the United States Armed Forces in Japan. He is responsible for developing plans for the defense of Japan, and he must be prepared if contingencies arise, to assume operational control of assigned and attached U.S. forces for the execution of those plans.

As USCINCPAC's resident representative, COMUSJAPAN supports the Security Treaty and administers the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United States and Japan. He is responsible for coordinating various matters of interest with the service commanders in Japan. These include matters affecting US-Japan relationships among and between Department of Defense (DOD) agencies; DOD agencies and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan; and DOD agencies and the Government of Japan (GOJ).

Under the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan, the United States is obliged to protect Japan in close cooperation with the Japan Self-Defense Forces for maritime defense, ballistic missile defense, domestic air control, communications security (COMSEC) and disaster response operations.


United States Forces helped Japanese in Operation Tomodachi following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

After the Japanese surrender in the end of World War II in Asia, the United States Armed Forces assumed administrative authority in Japan. The Japanese Imperial Army and Navy were decommissioned, and the U.S. Armed Forces took control of their military bases until the new government could be formed and positioned to reestablish authority. Allied forces planned to demilitarize Japan, and new government adopted the Constitution of Japan with a no-armed-force clause in 1947.

After the Korean War began in 1950, Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan and the Japanese government established the paramilitary "National Police Reserve," which was later developed into the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

In 1951 the Treaty of San Francisco was signed by the allied countries and Japan, which restored its formal sovereignty. At the same time, the U.S. and Japan signed the Japan-America Security Alliance. By this treaty, USFJ is responsible for the defense of Japan. As part of this agreement, the Japanese government requested that the U.S. military bases remain in Japan, and agreed to provide funds and various interests specified in the Status of Forces Agreement. At the expiration of the treaty, the United States and Japan signed the new Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. The status of the United States Forces Japan was defined in the U.S.–Japan Status of Forces Agreement. This treaty is still in effect, and it forms the basis of Japan's foreign policy.

In the Vietnam War, the US military bases in Japan, especially those in Okinawa Prefecture, were used as important strategic and logistic bases. In 1970, Koza riot occurred against the US military presence in Okinawa. The USAF strategic bombers were deployed in the bases in Okinawa, which was still administered by the U.S. government. Before the 1972 reversion of the island to Japanese administration, it has been speculated but never confirmed that up to 1,200 nuclear weapons may have been stored at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa in the 1960s.[1]

As of 2013, there are approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, along with approximately 40,000 dependents of military personnel and another 5,500 American civilians employed there by the United States Department of Defense. The United States Seventh Fleet is based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) is based in Okinawa. 130 USAF fighters are stationed in the Misawa Air Base and Kadena Air Base.[2]

The Japanese government paid ¥217 billion (US$2.0 billion) in 2007[3] as annual host-nation support called Omoiyari Yosan (思いやり予算, sympathy budget or compassion budget).[4] As of the 2011 budget, such payment was no longer to be referred to as Omoiyari Yosan or sympathy budget.[5]

The U.S. government employs over 8,000 Master Labor Contract (MLC)/Indirect Hire Agreement (IHA) workers on Okinawa (per the Labor Management Organization) not including Okinawan contract workers.[6]

Immediately after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, 9,720 dependents of United States military and government civilian employees in Japan evacuated the country, mainly to the United States.[7]

The relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko had been resolved in December 2013 with the signing of the landfill agreement by the governor of Okinawa. Under the terms of the U.S.-Japan agreement 5.000 U.S. Marines should have been relocated to Guam and 4.000 U.S. Marines to other Pacific locations such as Hawaii or Australia, while some 10.000 Marines were to remain on Okinawa.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] No timetable for the Marines redeployment had been announced, but The Washington Post reported that U.S. Marines would leave Okinawa as soon as suitable facilities on Guam and elsewhere were ready.[11] The relocation move was expected to cost 8.6 billion US Dollars[8] and includes a $3.1bn cash commitment from Japan for the move to Guam as well as for developing joint training ranges on Guam and on Tinian and Pagan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.[9] Certain parcels of land on Okinawa which have been leased for use by the American military were supposed to be turned back to Japanese control via a long-term phased return process according to the agreement.[11] These returns have been ongoing since 1972. However, as of July 2016, the situation has not been settled.

For more details on this topic, see Relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

In May 2014, in a strategic shift by the United States to Asia and the Pacific, it was revealed the US was deploying two unarmed Global Hawk long-distance surveillance drones to Japan for surveillance missions over China and North Korea.[15]

Exercise participation

The scope and frequency of U.S. Forces Japan participation in major exercises has been rising in recent years. This is largely attributable to the refocus of the U.S. to the Asia-Pacific region, although certain forces, especially the Marine Corps, have never left the region and continue to be heavily involved in theater security and regional stability. United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), the parent command of U.S. Forces Japan, has also taken on larger and broader roles during exercises in Japan, particularly in those exercises on mainland Japan.

U.S. Forces Japan has no control or authority over subordinate command exercises beyond manipulation of Force Protection Condition levels, which is the only area of tactical control residing with U.S. Forces Japan.

U.S. presence debate

U.S. presence on Okinawa

Okinawa makes up only 0.6 percent of the nation’s land area;[2] yet, approximately 62% of U.S. bases in Japan (exclusive use only) are in Okinawa.[16][17]

Survey among Japanese and Okinawans

While 73.4% of Japanese citizens appreciate the mutual security treaty with the U.S. and the presence of the USFJ,[18] part of the population demands a reduction in the number of U.S. military bases in Okinawa.[19]

In May 2010, a survey of the Okinawan people conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Ryukyu shimpo, found that 71% of Okinawans surveyed thought that the presence of Marines on Okinawa was not necessary (15% said it was necessary.). Asked what they thought about 62% of United States Forces Japan bases (exclusive use) being concentrated in Okinawa, 50% said that the number should be reduced, 41% said that the bases should be removed. Asked about the US-Japan security treaty, 55% said it should be changed to a peace treaty, 14% said it should be abolished and 7% said it should be maintained.[20]

Many of the bases, such as Yokota Air Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Kadena Air Base, are located in the vicinity of residential districts, and local citizens have complained about excessive aircraft noise.[21][22][23]

Status of forces agreement

There is also debate over the Status of Forces Agreement due to the fact that it covers a variety of administrative technicalities blending the systems which control how certain situations are handled between the U.S.'s and Japan's legal framework. A Status of forces agreement was created to allow both nations the best way to administer legalities, and has worked well over the years.

U.S. service member behavior

Per Okinawa Prefectural Police data, U.S. service members are convicted of far fewer crimes than local Okinawans.[24] According to the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, when U.S. personnel crimes are committed both off-duty and off-base, they should always be prosecuted under the Japanese law.[25]

On February 12, 2008, the National Police Agency (of Japan) or NPA, released its annual criminal statistics that included activity within the Okinawan prefecture. These findings held American troops were only convicted of 53 crimes per 10,000 U.S. male servicemen, while Okinawan males were convicted of 366 crimes per 10,000. The crime rate found a U.S. serviceman in Okinawa to be 86% less likely to convicted of a crime by the Japanese government than an Okinawan male.[26]

Crime issues

At the beginning of the occupation of Japan, in 1945, many U.S. soldiers participated in the Special Comfort Facility Association.[27] Japanese government recruited 55,000 women to work providing sexual services to US military personnel.[27] The Association was closed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.[27] However, John W. Dower, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, alleged that many U.S. troops committed multiple rapes of Japanese women during the occupation and that press censorship led to under-reporting of these crimes.[28]

In more recent history, 'crimes ranging from rape to assault and hit-and-run accidents by U.S. military personnel, dependents and civilians have long sparked protests in the prefecture.', stated The Japan Times[29] 'A series of horrific crimes by present and former U.S. military personnel stationed on Okinawa has triggered dramatic moves to try to reduce the American presence on the island and in Japan as a whole', commented The Daily Beast in 2009.[30]

In 1995, the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl by two U.S. marines and one U.S. sailor led to demands for the removal of all U.S. military bases in Japan. Other controversial incidents include helicopter crashes, the Girard incident, the Michael Brown Okinawa assault incident, the death of Kinjo family and the death of Yuki Uema. In February 2008, a 38-year-old U.S. Marine based on Okinawa was arrested in connection with the reported rape of a 14-year-old Okinawan girl.[31] This triggered waves of protest against American military presence in Okinawa and led to tight restrictions on off-base activities.[32][33] Although the accuser withdrew her charges the U.S. military court-martialed the suspect and sentenced him to 4 years in prison under the stricter rules of the military justice system.[34]

U.S. Forces Japan designated 22 February as a Day of Reflection for all U.S. military facilities in Japan, and established the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Task Force in an effort to prevent similar incidents.[35] In November 2009, Staff Sgt. Clyde "Drew" Gunn, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Torii Station was involved in a hit-and-run accident of a pedestrian in Yomitan Village on Okinawa. Later, in April 2010, the soldier was charged with failing to render aid and vehicular manslaughter.[36] Staff Sgt. Gunn, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was eventually sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in jail on October 15, 2010.[37]

In 2013, two U.S. military personnel, Seaman Christopher Browning, of Athens, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, were found guilty by the Naha District Court of raping and robbing a woman in her 20s in a parking lot in October. Both admitted committing the crime. The case outraged many Okinawans, a number of whom have long complained of military-related crime on their island, which hosts thousands of U.S. troops. It also sparked tougher restrictions for all 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, including a curfew and drinking restrictions.[38]

On 13 May 2013, in a very controversial statement, Toru Hashimoto, co-leader of the Japan Restoration Association said to a senior American military official at the Marine Corps base in Okinawa “We can’t control the sexual energy of these brave marines.” and told United States soldiers should make more use of the local adult entertainment industry to reduce sexual crimes against local women.[39] Hashimoto also told the necessity of former Japanese Army comfort women and of prostitutes for the US military in other countries such as Korea.[39]

In July 2016, after the rape and murder of a Japanese woman, several incidents lead to one of the biggest protests against US military presence on Okinawa.[40]

Osprey deployment in Okinawa

In October 2012, twelve MV-22 Ospreys were transferred to the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to replace aging Vietnam-era Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters in Okinawa, greatly increasing the safety, capability and range of the Marines who are charged with Japan's defense as well as regional security. Then in October 2013, an additional 12 Ospreys arrived, again to replace CH-46 Sea Knights, increasing the number of Ospreys to 24. Japanese Defence Minister Satoshi Morimoto explained the Osprey aircraft is safe adding that two recent accidents were 'caused by human factors'.[41] Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda also stated that the Japanese government was convinced of the MV-22's safety.[42]


List of current facilities

U.S. military bases in Japan
U.S. military facilities in Okinawa

The USFJ headquarters is at Yokota Air Base, about 30 km west of central Tokyo.

The U.S. military installations in Japan and their managing branches are as follows:

USFJ Facilities
Admin Code
Name of InstallationPrimary Purpose
Air ForceFAC 1054Camp Chitose
(Chitose III, Chitose Administration Annex)
CommunicationsChitose, Hokkaido
FAC 2001Misawa Air BaseAir BaseMisawa, Aomori
FAC 3013Yokota Air BaseAir BaseFussa, Tokyo
FAC 3016Fuchu Communications StationCommunicationsFuchu, Tokyo
FAC 3019Tama Service Annex
(Tama Hills Recreation Center)
RecreationInagi, Tokyo
FAC 3048Camp Asaka
(South Camp Drake AFN Transmitter Site)
Wako, Saitama
FAC 3049Tokorozawa Communications Station
(Tokorozawa Transmitter Site)
CommunicationsTokorozawa, Saitama
FAC 3056Owada Communication SiteCommunicationsNiiza, Saitama
FAC 3162Yugi Communication SiteCommunicationsHachioji, Tokyo
FAC 4100Sofu Communication SiteCommunicationsIwakuni, Yamaguchi
FAC 5001Itazuke Auxiliary AirfieldAir Cargo TerminalHakata-ku, Fukuoka
FAC 5073Sefurisan Liaison Annex
(Seburiyama Communications Station)
CommunicationsKanzaki, Saga
FAC 5091Tsushima Communication SiteCommunicationsTsushima, Nagasaki
FAC 6004Okuma Rest CenterRecreationKunigami, Okinawa
FAC 6006Yaedake Communication SiteCommunicationsMotobu, Okinawa
FAC 6022Kadena Ammunition Storage AreaStorageOnna, Okinawa
FAC 6037Kadena Air BaseAir BaseKadena, Okinawa
FAC 6077Tori Shima RangeTrainingKumejima, Okinawa
FAC 6078Idesuna Jima RangeTrainingTonaki, Okinawa
FAC 6080Kume Jima RangeTrainingKumejima, Okinawa
ArmyFAC 2070Shariki Communication SiteCommunicationsTsugaru, Aomori
FAC 3004Akasaka Press Center
(Hardy Barracks)
OfficeMinato, Tokyo
FAC 3067Yokohama North DockPort FacilityYokohama, Kanagawa
FAC 3079Camp ZamaOfficeZama, Kanagawa
FAC 3084Sagami General DepotLogisticsSagamihara, Kanagawa
FAC 3102Sagamihara Housing AreaHousingSagamihara, Kanagawa
FAC 4078Akizuki Ammunition DepotStorageEtajima, Hiroshima
FAC 4083Kawakami Ammunition DepotStorageHigashihiroshima, Hiroshima
FAC 4084Hiro Ammunition DepotStorageKure, Hiroshima
FAC 4152Kure Pier No.6Port FacilityKure, Hiroshima
FAC 4611Haigamine Communication SiteCommunicationsKure, Hiroshima
FAC 6007Gesaji Communication SiteCommunicationsHigashi, Okinawa
FAC 6036Torii Communications Station
(Torii Station)
CommunicationsYomitan, Okinawa
FAC 6064Naha PortPort FacilityNaha, Okinawa
FAC 6076Army POL DepotsStorageUruma, Okinawa
NavyFAC 2006Hachinohe POL DepotStorageHachinohe, Aomori
FAC 2012Misawa ATG Range
(R130, Draughon Range)
TrainingMisawa, Aomori
FAC 3033Kisarazu Auxiliary Landing FieldAir FacilityKisarazu, Chiba
FAC 3066Negishi Dependent Housing Area
(Naval Housing Annex Negishi)
HousingYokohama, Kanagawa
FAC 3083Naval Air Facility AtsugiAir FacilityAyase, Kanagawa
FAC 3087Ikego Housing Area and Navy AnnexHousingZushi, Kanagawa
FAC 3090Azuma Storage AreaStorageYokosuka, Kanagawa
FAC 3096Kamiseya Communications Station - returned to Japanese Gov 2015
(Naval Support Facility Kamiseya - returned to Japanese Gov 2015)
Yokohama, Kanagawa
FAC 3097Fukaya Communication Site
(Naval Transmitter Station Totsuka)
CommunicationsYokohama, Kanagawa
FAC 3099United States Fleet Activities YokosukaPort FacilityYokosuka, Kanagawa
FAC 3117Urago Ammunition DepotStorageYokosuka, Kanagawa
FAC 3144Tsurumi POL DepotStorageYokohama, Kanagawa
FAC 3181Iwo Jima Communication SiteCommunications
Ogasawara, Tokyo
FAC 3185New Sanno U.S. Forces CenterRecreationMinato, Tokyo
FAC 5029United States Fleet Activities SaseboPort FacilitySasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5030Sasebo Dry Dock AreaPort FacilitySasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5032Akasaki POL DepotStorageSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5033Sasebo Ammunition Supply PointStorageSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5036Iorizaki POL DepotStorageSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5039Yokose POL DepotStorageSaikai, Nagasaki
FAC 5050Harioshima Ammunition Storage AreaStorageSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5086Tategami Basin Port AreaPort FacilitySasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5118Sakibe Navy AnnexHangarSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5119Hario Dependent Housing Area
(Hario Family Housing Area)
HousingSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 6028Tengan PierPort FacilityUruma, Okinawa
FAC 6032Camp ShieldsBarracksOkinawa, Okinawa
FAC 6046Awase Communications StationCommunicationsOkinawa, Okinawa
FAC 6048White Beach AreaPort FacilityUruma, Okinawa
FAC 6084Kobi Sho RangeTrainingIshigaki, Okinawa
FAC 6085Sekibi Sho RangeTrainingIshigaki, Okinawa
FAC 6088Oki Daito Jima RangeTrainingKitadaito, Okinawa
FAC 3127Camp FujiBarracksGotenba, Shizuoka
FAC 3154Numazu Training AreaTrainingNumazu, Shizuoka
FAC 4092Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniAir StationIwakuni, Yamaguchi
FAC 6001Northern Training Area
(Incl. Camp Gonsalves)
TrainingKunigami, Okinawa
FAC 6005Ie Jima Auxiliary AirfieldTrainingIe, Okinawa
FAC 6009Camp SchwabTrainingNago, Okinawa
FAC 6010Henoko Ordnance Ammunition DepotStorageNago, Okinawa
FAC 6011Camp HansenTrainingKin, Okinawa
FAC 6019Kin Red Beach Training AreaTrainingKin, Okinawa
FAC 6020Kin Blue Beach Training AreaTrainingKin, Okinawa
FAC 6029Camp CourtneyBarracksUruma, Okinawa
FAC 6031Camp McTureousBarracksUruma, Okinawa
FAC 6043Camp Kuwae (Camp Lester)Medical FacilityChatan, Okinawa
FAC 6044Camp Zukeran (Camp Foster)BarracksChatan, Okinawa
FAC 6051Marine Corps Air Station FutenmaAir StationGinowan, Okinawa
FAC 6056Makiminato Service Area (Camp Kinser)LogisticsUrasoe, Okinawa
FAC 6082Tsuken Jima Training AreaTrainingUruma, Okinawa

JSDF-USFJ Joint Use Facilities and Areas

Temporary use facilities and areas are as follows:

USFJ Facilities
Admin Code
Name of InstallationPrimary
FAC 1066Camp Higashi Chitose (JGSDF)TrainingChitose, Hokkaido
FAC 1067Hokkaido Chitose Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingChitose, Hokkaido
FAC 1068Chitose Air Base (JASDF)Air BaseChitose, Hokkaido
FAC 1069Betsukai Yausubetsu Large Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingBetsukai, Hokkaido
FAC 1070Camp Kushiro (JGSDF)BarracksKushiro, Hokkaido
FAC 1071Camp Shikaoi (JGSDF)TrainingShikaoi, Hokkaido
FAC 1072Kamifurano Medium Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingKamifurano, Hokkaido
FAC 1073Camp Sapporo (JGSDF)TrainingSapporo, Hokkaido
FAC 1074Shikaoi Shikaribetsu Medium Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingShikaoi, Hokkaido
FAC 1075Camp Obihiro (JGSDF)TrainingObihiro, Hokkaido
FAC 1076Asahikawa Chikabumidai Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingAsahikawa, Hokkaido
FAC 1077Camp Okadama (JGSDF)RecreationSapporo, Hokkaido
FAC 1078Nayoro Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingNayoro, Hokkaido
FAC 1079Takikawa Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingTakikawa, Hokkaido
FAC 1080Bihoro Training Area (JGSDF)TrainingBihoro, Hokkaido
FAC 1081Kutchan Takamine Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingKutchan, Hokkaido
FAC 1082Engaru Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingEngaru, Hokkaido
FAC 2062Camp Sendai (JGSDF)TrainingSendai, Miyagi
FAC 2063Camp Hachinohe (JGSDF)BarracksHachinohe, Aomori
FAC 2064Iwate Iwatesan Medium Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingTakizawa, Iwate
FAC 2065Taiwa Ojojihara Large Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingTaiwa, Miyagi
FAC 2066Kasuminome Airfield (JGSDF)AirfieldSendai, Miyagi
FAC 2067Aomori Kotani Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingAomori, Aomori
FAC 2068Hirosaki Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingHirosaki, Aomori
FAC 2069Jinmachi Otakane Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingMurayama, Yamagata
FAC 3104Nagasaka Rifle Range (JGSDF)TrainingYokosuka, Kanagawa
FAC 3183Fuji Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingFujiyoshida, Yamanashi
Gotenba, Shizuoka
FAC 3184Camp Takigahara (JGSDF)TrainingGotenba, Shizuoka
FAC 3186Takada Sekiyama Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingJoetsu, Niigata
FAC 3187Hyakuri Air Base (JASDF)Air BaseOmitama, Ibaraki
FAC 3188Soumagahara Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingShinto, Gunma
FAC 3189Camp Asaka (JGSDF)TrainingAsaka, Saitama
FAC 4161Komatsu Air Base (JASDF)Air BaseKomatsu, Ishikawa
FAC 41621st Service School (JMSDF)TrainingEtajima, Hiroshima
FAC 4163Haramura Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingHigashihiroshima, Hiroshima
FAC 4164Imazu Aibano Medium Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingTakashima, Shiga
FAC 4165Gifu Air Base (JASDF)RecreationKakamigahara, Gifu
FAC 4166Camp Itami (JGSDF)TrainingItami, Hyogo
FAC 4167Nihonbara Medium Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingNagi, Okayama
FAC 4168Miho Air Base (JASDF)Air BaseSakaiminato, Tottori
FAC 5115Nyutabaru Air Base (JASDF)Air BaseShintomi, Miyazaki
FAC 5117Sakibe Rifle Range (JMSDF)TrainingSasebo, Nagasaki
FAC 5120Hijudai-Jumonjibaru Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingYufu, Oita
Beppu, Oita
FAC 5121Tsuiki Air Base (JASDF)Air BaseChikujo, Fukuoka
FAC 5122Omura Air Base (JMSDF)RecreationOmura, Nagasaki
FAC 5123Oyanohara-Kirishima Maneuver Area (JGSDF)TrainingYamato, Kumamoto
Ebino, Miyazaki
FAC 5124Camp Kita Kumamoto (JGSDF)TrainingKumamoto, Kumamoto
FAC 5125Camp Kengun (JGSDF)TrainingKumamoto, Kumamoto
FAC 6181Ukibaru Jima Training AreaTrainingUruma, Okinawa

In Okinawa, U.S. military installations occupy about 10.4 percent of the total land usage. Approximately 74.7 percent of all the U.S. military facilities in Japan are located on the island of Okinawa.

List of former facilities

The United States has returned some facilities to Japanese control. Some are used as military bases of the JSDF; others have become civilian airports or government offices; many are factories, office buildings or residential developments in the private sector. Due to the Special Actions Committee on Okinawa, more land in Okinawa is in the process of being returned. These areas include—Camp Kuwae [also known as Camp Lester], MCAS Futenma, areas within Camp Zukeran [also known as Camp Foster], about 9,900 acres (40 km2) of the Northern Training Area, Aha Training Area, Gimbaru Training Area (also known as Camp Gonsalves), small portion of the Makiminato Service Area (also known as Camp Kinser), and Naha Port.



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