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The village of Chinen (pronounced chi-nen) was appropriated by the United States in 1948 for the purpose of building a secret CIA base, under US Army cover, known as Camp Chinen.
Upon its closure as a CIA station in July, 1972, Camp Chinen served as a US Army Special Forces training center, and as a language school for US soldiers studying Japanese and Korean, and for Japanese forces studying English. Camp Chinen closed in 1975 and was returned to the Japanese government.
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