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Japan not worried about Guam relocation funding

Date Posted: 2011-12-16

The planned relocation of a key U.S. base in Okinawa will not be affected by a U.S. congressional decision not to allocate any funding for transferring Marines from the southern Japan prefecture to Guam,

Japan's top government spokesman says there will be no change in the U.S. government's commitment to implementing the Japan-U.S. agreement on realignment of U.S. forces in Japan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a news conference the Japanese government will continue to work to ensure that Marines in Okinawa are transferred to Guam.

The House-Senate conference committee on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act agreed on Monday to freeze spending to help Guam host Marines from Okinawa.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa, speaking in Tokyo after word came from the U.S., said that his ministry will not change its plan to submit an environment assessment report on the relocation of the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to the local government by the end of this year.

Ichikawa says Japan needs to pressure the United States to make progress on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

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