Bordallo Talks Buildup With Japanese Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto

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Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo talked about the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam with the Senior Vice Defense Minister of the Japanese Parliment Tuesday in Washington.

In a erlease, the Congresswoman says she appreciated the opportunity to meet with Vice Minister Akinori Eto.

Bordallo reports that Eto told her that the Government of Japan continues to seek an environment that will allow the Governor of Okinawa to move forward on a landfill permit for the Futenma Replacement Facility.

They also talked about enhanced training opportunities between U.S. and Japanese Self Defense forces on mainland Japan and in the Marianas.

Bordallo said, “Given continued Senate obstruction to the build-up, this was an important meeting in reaffirming the importance of this realignment to security interests in the region as well as the strong friendship between the United States and Japan.”

[ Congresswoman Bordallo joins Japan’s Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto to discuss the Abe Administration’s commitment to the realignment of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam.]  

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Meets with Japanese Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 31, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo met with Japan’s Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in her Washington, D.C. office to discuss progress on the realignment of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Vice Minister Eto, who reaffirmed the Abe Administration’s commitment to the realignment,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “He said the Government of Japan continues to seek an environment that will allow the Governor of Okinawa to move forward on a landfill permit for the Futenma Replacement Facility.”

“We also discussed enhanced training opportunities between U.S. forces and Japanese Self Defense Forces on mainland Japan and in the Marianas. Given continued Senate obstruction to the build-up, this was an important meeting in reaffirming the importance of this realignment to security interests in the region as well as the strong friendship between the United States and Japan.”