Guam – Japan and the United States are meeting in Tokyo today [Tuesday] and tomorrow to talk about the realignment of U.S. forces in Okinawa.
Japan’s Kyodo News service quotes a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that the 2 day meeting is intended to map out the specifics of how to redeploy some of the U.S. Marines on the Japanese island of Okinawa to Guam.
The meeting is the second of its kind.
The first one occurred in Washington on February 6 after which Navy Under Secretary Work informed Guam officials that the buildup would be downsized from 8,000 to 4,700 Marines.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei News Service reports that this week’s meetings are focusing on issues like the unit composition and where else in the Pacific the remaining 3,300 Marines will be moved.
The Nikkei reports also notes that the U.S. and Japan hope to hammer out a final, revised, realignment agreement by May.