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Japan and the United States have basically agreed to set up a consultative body on returning to Japanese control the land used for five military facilities, all south of the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena base on Okinawa Island, sources said Tuesday.

While agreeing to set up the body separately from ongoing bilateral negotiations on the realignment of the U.S. military in Japan, the U.S. is reluctant to accept a Japanese request that the body draw up plans by fall for returning the land, according to the sources.

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