by Jiji Press
The U.S. government said Friday it is in talks with Japan to review a plan to transfer Marines from Okinawa Prefecture to Guam as part of realignments of U.S. military bases in Japan
"The two governments are now communicating closely and in a flexible manner regarding the way ahead on a number of related issues," based on a U.S. strategic review of its defense posture in Asia, the Defense Department said in a statement.
The department stressed the two nations' commitment to implementing another key item in the realignment, a plan to relocate the Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa, to Nago of the same prefecture in southern Japan.
Japanese and U.S. sources said the two nations are considering reducing the number of Marines who will be transferred to Guam from Okinawa to around 4,500 from the planned 8,000.Linkback: https://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/index.php?topic=47033.0