Following are highlights of the joint statement and road map for realignment of the U.S. military in Japan adopted Monday at a security meeting between the two nations’ defense and foreign ministers.
In the joint statement, the four ministers:
* Noted the importance of U.S.-Japan efforts to strengthen democracy and reconstruct Iraq and Afghanistan, and to support reform efforts in the broader Middle East.
* Committed to work closely on efforts to convince Iran to suspend all enrichment-related activities and cooperate fully with IAEA investigations, and agreed on the need for concerted U.N. Security Council action.
* Urged North Korea to return to the six-party talks without preconditions, dismantle nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and cease all proliferation and illicit activities.
* Called for greater transparency in military modernization in the Asia-Pacific region in view of the importance of diplomatic efforts to resolve regional disputes.
Road map for implementation:
* Japan will shoulder all costs unless otherwise specified.
* Japan and the U.S. will complete by 2014 two 1,800-meter runways, including 200-meter overruns, in a V shape in part of U.S. Marine Camp Schwab and adjacent waters in Nago to relocate the U.S Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa.
* The U.S. will move about 8,000 U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force troops and about 9,000 of their dependents to Guam by 2014, with Japan providing $6.09 billion of the $10.27 billion cost and the United States covering $4.18 billion.
* In relation to the Futenma and Guam relocations, the U.S. will completely return five U.S. military facilities south of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, including the Futenma air station, Camp Kuwae, Makiminato Service Area and Naha Port, and partially return Camp Zukeran.
* The Self-Defense Forces will use Camp Hansen and Kadena Air Base for training.
* The U.S. will transform the U.S. Army command and control structure at Camp Zama by the 2008 U.S. fiscal year.
* Japan and the U.S. will begin a study, to be completed within 12 months, for possible joint civilian-military use of Yokota Air Base.
* The U.S. will complete by 2014 the relocation of the carrier air wing from Atsugi Air Facility to Iwakuni Air Station.
* The U.S. will move the headquarters, and maintenance and family facilities, for the Futenma base’s KC-130 refueling and transport planes to Iwakuni Air Station, with training and operations to be carried out in Guam and at the Maritime Self-Defense Force base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. * The U.S. will establish the X-band radar system for early ballistic missile warning at the Air Self-Defense Force base in Aomori Prefecture, with operations slated to begin by this summer.
* The U.S. will deploy Patriot PAC-3 missile defense systems at its existing facilities and areas as quickly as possible.