Military


Yomitan Auxiliary Airfield
Okinawa, Japan

Yomitan Auxiliary Airfield, located roughly in the center of Yomitan village, has a 2,000 m long runway and a 1,500 m apron. However, the airfield is aging and is being used by fixed wing aircraft. In the past, accidents caused by parachute drop training exercises occurred continuously, but today no parachute training exercises are conducted. It is now a jointly used facility provided under Article 2 paragraph 4(a) of SOFA. Within the airfield, an exercise park, including a baseball field, and a village office have been built.

The United States and Japan released the Final Report of the Special Action Committee on Okinawa on December 2, 1996. The report made 27 recommendations to reduce the impact of the US military presence on the Okinawan people. The US and Japanese governments agreed to return the airfield when certain conditions are met such as relocating the parachute drop training to Ie Jima Auxillary Airfield. This included the return of the Yomitan Auxiliary Airfield (approx. l91 ha/471 acres) with the intention to finish the process by the end of March 2001 after the parachute drop training is relocated to Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield and Sobe Communications Sites is relocated.



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