[KS] US/UN-Japan Bases Agreement of 1950

Gransback, Stephen J LTC OSD DPMO Stephen.Gransback at osd.mil
Sun Dec 13 22:48:17 EST 2009

Mr. Keats, it is the UN-Japan Status of Forces (SOFA) signed on 19 Feb 1954 that provides the United Nations Command member countries the ability to move through, around, and over Japan to support UN actions in Korea. The UNC (Rear) was activated 1 Jul 1957 after UNC moved to Seoul. There are 7 bases in Japan included in the agreement. There are 9 member nations including the US that are current UNC Rear member nations. Steve Gransback 


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Subject: [KS] US/UN-Japan Bases Agreement of 1950 

I am trying to find an English copy, if there is one, of the agreement/treaty between the US (or perhaps the UN Command) and Japan that would have been concluded in June or July, 1950, giving the US/UN Forces permission to use various bases in Japan to pursue the Korean War.  My understanding is that there may be 7-11 bases that were included in this agreement.  Presumably most, if not all, of them are still accessible to the US forces as the UN Command still exists.


My understanding also is that if there is a "peace treaty" between the US and the DPRK (with or without other signatories) that the UN Command would most likely be dissolved and the US/UN would lose access to these bases, unless they are renegotiated.


I have talked to defense officials at the Japanese Embassy in Washington who are only able to find documents from around 1957 or so that refer to bases that were to be grandfathered, but they were not able to find anything earlier that would have established these bases at the beginning of the war.


I would appreciate hearing from anyone knowledgeable about this subject.






Walter L. Keats



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