Japanese Vice-Defense Minister Azumi Seeks Buildup Update From Guam Lawmakers

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Guam – Members of the Guam Legislature will be meeting with Japan Senior Defense Vice Minister Jun Azumi and other defense officials from Japan on Saturday.

According to Speaker Judi Won Pat, the delegation will examine the progress of the relocation of U.S. Marines to Guam and tour the military bases during their visit.

According to Won Pat, Azumi requested the meeting with island Senators. Won Pat says the meeting with the delegation will only be for about 30 minutes.They will meet on Saturday afternoon around 2:55 at the Speaker’s Conference Room.

Won Pat says, “In our conversation with US Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton, we had asked her if she had any idea of how soon this is going to happen, because we need to prepare ourselves. And her response to us was they feel a little more confident now in this moving forward. The only thing that they were waiting for was the election of the Governor and for Okinawa to finalize their plans.”