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Senator McCain dismisses BRAC’s impact on Okinawa bases

Okinawa Times wrote that although Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain expressed during a hearing on Tuesday the committee’s readiness to study base realignment and closure (BRAC), he told the paper after the hearing that discussions on BRAC will have no bearing on U.S. bases on Okinawa. The paper wrote that the senator dismissed the possibility of BRAC plans affecting the construction of the Futenma replacement facility by saying that the purpose of BRAC is to reduce military spending and that Japan’s contribution to the cost of stationing U.S. forces is not related to BRAC plans.

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