U.S. – Japan Holding High-Level Realignment Talks in Tokyo This Week

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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.

READ the Kyodo report on the Mainichi website HERE

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.

Japan, US To Hold High-Level Security Talks Next Week

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

Japan and the United States will hold a meeting of senior officials next week in Tokyo to discuss the realignment of U.S. forces in Okinawa, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday, Kyodo News reported.

The two-day meeting from Monday 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.

Earlier this month, Japan and the U.S. said they are now in talks to review the 2006 road map plan on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan under a bilateral security accord.