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Failed U.S. budget talks shouldn’t affect Japan base relocations

Date Posted: 2011-11-25

The collapsed budget deficit-cutting talks in U.S. Congress are unlikely to affect the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

That’s the thinking of Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, who says automatic U.S. budget cuts of more than $1 trillion, including defense outlays, will start in 2013 and will thus have no major impact on the Futenma relocation for the time being. Fujimura made the prediction at a Tokyo news conference.

Fujimura noted that U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will ensure cuts in the U.S. defense budget will not affect security in the Asia-Pacific region. Fujimura added that Obama has also stressed the United States' intention to maintain its strong military presence in Japan and South Korea.

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