Governor Calvo Discusses Buildup With Japan’s Defense Minister

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Tokyo – Guam Governor Eddie Calvo met with Japan’s Minister of Defense Yasuo Ichikawa in Tokyo last night to discuss the military buildup on Guam and economic development on the island.

A release from the Governor’s office says that the two leaders have assured each other of their support for the Agreed Implementation Plan between the U.S. and Japan for the buildup.

Governor Calvo also emphasizes the importance of a working relationship with Japan pointing out the importance of Japanese tourism on Guam’s economy.

“We want this relationship to grow,” the release quotes Calvo saying.  “We want to see billions more that will translate into tens of thousands of more jobs for our people.”

[Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Chief of Staff Franklin Arriola speak with a representative from the Japan Ministry of Defense during the Tuesday investment conference in Tokyo. The Guam delegation made presentations to 60 representatives from some of Japan’s largest companies. Some have already expressed interest in investing in Guam and are working with GEDA on specific information ]

 

Read the Press Release Below:

Japan Minister of Defense Yasuo Ichikawa and Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo met last night about the military buildup on Guam and the economic development of the island.

 The two leaders assured each other of their support for the buildup, called the Agreed Implementation Plan between the United States and Japan.

 “I’m very grateful for this assurance,” Governor Calvo said. “There’s been so much doubt over the past year that’s come from a lot of rumor and conjecture. We’ve secured support from the President and the Defense department. Now we’ve confirmed support from the most powerful defense authority in Japan. This buildup is moving no where but forward.”

 Governor Calvo also provided a chronology of the long-standing relations between Guam and Japan.

 “I explained to the Minister how much Guam’s economy relies on Japanese tourism,” Governor Calvo said. “This half-a-century-old relationship led to billions of dollars in economic activity and tens of thousands of jobs for our people. We want this relationship to grow. We want to see billions more that will translate into tens of thousands of more jobs for our people.”

 Also in the meeting were Governor’s Chief of Staff Franklin Arriola and Chairman of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities Simon Sanchez.

 Governor Calvo is leading a trade delegation in Japan this week.