High Ranking Japanese Cabinet Member on Guam for Buildup Talks


Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary met with Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo today and will also be meeting with Governor Eddie Calvo on Friday, October 30.

Hagåtña, Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, today, met with Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The two discussed the strategic importance of Guam to the U.S. and Japan Alliance as well as the leadership role that Prime Minster Abe’s administration has taken to enhance their role in regional security. In particular, they discussed the progress made in advancing the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam.  Congresswoman Bordallo discussed her efforts to remove restrictions on Government of Japan contributions to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. Additionally, they spoke about the need for continued progress on the development of the Futenma Replacement Facility in Okinawa.


“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “We discussed important issues regarding the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam and reiterated our commitment to enhancing the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region with significant Japan involvement in security, diplomatic and economic matters. Secretary Suga’s visit to Guam is historic and highlights our strategic importance in the region. His visit also signifies the progress we have made on the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam.  I will continue to work closely with our strong allies in Japan to ensure that the Guam military buildup remains on track and moving forward.”