Guam – For the second time Senator Judi Guthertz has urged Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyne Pfannenstiel to get to the bottom of her continuing confusion over whether Guam is expected to agree to sign off on a Japanese loan for some $740 million for island
infrastructure required by the military buildup.
A meeting between Japanese lawmaker Ichiro Aisawa and some Guam senators Tuesday did nothing to clarify the situation. According to a media report [Marianas Variety], Aisawa, an eight term LDP member of the Japan Diet, told the local lawmakers that “the Japan Bank for International Cooperation is willing to lend $740 million to finance power and water infrastructure.”
“But the whole point is that Guam has never expected to pay for infrastructure needs required for the military buildup on the backs of local ratepayers. We don’t want the loan,” Senator Guthertz said, pointing out that 2006 Japan‐U.S. buildup makes no reference to loan arrangements but to “Japanese cash contributions and their accrued interest only for projects to develop facilities and infrastructure on Guam for the
“Unless there’s some under the table arrangement we haven’t heard about, the agreement is quite clear,” Senator Guthertz said, “and it has Secretary of State Clinton’s signature on it.”
In her August 10 letter to Secretary Pfannenstiel, Guthertz said:
“We’re not trying to buy a fancy car or a sewage system on credit. In fact, we weren’t a party to the negotiations during which it was clearly recognized that the requirements made of Guam to satisfy U.S. and Japanese goals in the buildup called for outside, deep‐pocketed assistance to satisfy local infrastructure needs.”
“So again,” Senator Guthertz said, “it’s important to put this important question about the buildup to rest at long last.”