The Japanese and U.S. governments plan to start talks this month on a new accord allowing local authorities to make on-site inspections of U.S. military bases when environmental problems occur, according to sources.
The talks were agreed on last month between Tokyo and Washington to get Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima to approve landfill work for the relocation of the Futenma base.
The negotiations are expected to focus on the duration and method of on-site inspections.
Japan will seek to ensure sufficient time for such inspections, but the U.S. is concerned that long inspections could hamper training and other activities at the bases, according to both Japanese and U.S. sources.