Guam – Japan’s Nikkei news service is reporting that the Japanese Government is planing to station its own self-defense forces on Tinian one of the islands within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands [CNMI].
Quoting unnamed sources, the Nikkei report states that Guam was also considered, but space constraints led to the selection of Tinian.
No final decision has been reached yet, but according to the sources quoted by the Nikkei, Japan would lease a portion of the DoD controlled land on Tinian and rotate Japanese military personnel from all three SDF branches, ground, sea and air.
The U.S. Department of Defense already leases two-thirds of the island of Tinian, but has not made any use of the land.
On August 6th 1945 the B-29 dubbed the “Enola Gay” took off from Tinian to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Japanese troops have not been stationed there since 1944 when they were driven out by U.S. Marines during WW II.