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Dear Mr. Jason P. Hyland (Charge d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy in Japan) and Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez (Commander, United States Forces Japan):

We write to express our concern regarding the U.S. military’s continued use of the Northern Training Area (NTA) in northern Okinawa’s Yanbaru forest, in light of the fact that the forest has been formally nominated for UNESCO World Natural Heritage status, along with the islands of Iriomote, Okinawa Prefecture, and Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima, both in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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