• Kyodo


A bilateral document to be released this month on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan will include contentious repair work at the Futenma base in Okinawa but won’t say how much Tokyo will have to cover, according to an outline obtained recently.

But whereas the U.S. proposed the document state a sum of ¥20 billion for the repairs, slated to be carried out over eight years from fiscal 2012, Tokyo refused to include any concrete figures at such an early stage, fearing this might suggest the base will remain indefinitely at its current location in a crowded residential area in Ginowan, sources close to bilateral ties said.

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