Friday, May 21, 2010

Marine Base At Okinawa To Be Decided Soon (Maybe)

Futenma air base is surrounded by densely-packed residential areas.
Photo from BBC

US And Japan Strive To Meet Deadline For Okinawa Airbase Decision -- The Guardian

Hillary Clinton reassures Tokyo in feud over relocation of Okinawa marine base.

The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, today reassured Japan that a simmering feud over the future of a US marine base would not affect the countries' "rock solid" 50-year-old alliance at a time of heightened tensions in north-east Asia.

Washington and Tokyo have yet to reach agreement on the planned relocation of Futenma, a sprawling airbase located in a heavily populated city on Okinawa, an island 1,000 miles south of the capital which hosts more than half the 47,000 US troops based in Japan.

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More News On The Marine Base At Okinawa

Deal Seems Near on U.S. Base in Japan -- New York Times
Japan, US stress tight ties despite airbase feud -- Reuters
Reports: Futenma announcement on horizon -- Stars And Stripes
Gov't seeks review of new U.S. Marine base in Okinawa after 10-15 years -- Mainichi Daily News
Former negotiator lays base woes on Okinawa -- Japan Times

My Comment: It seems that they are now only focused on the details .... and an announcement for the official move will be done very shortly.

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