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Big contracts concluded for relocating Okinawa marines to Guam

  • September 2, 2017
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

U.S. Navy has concluded large contracts in conjunction with the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps units from Okinawa to Guam, Ryukyu Shimpo learned on Sept. 1. The contracts include infrastructure maintenance at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Finegayan and the maintenance of the live firing exercise range at the northwest of the U.S. Air Force Andersen Base in Guam. The two contracts seem to have been concluded in response to the result of the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC) between foreign and defense ministers, also known as “2 plus 2,” held in Washington on Aug. 17. In the SCC meeting, the ministers confirmed the steady implementation of the relocation of the U.S. marines from Okinawa to locations outside of Japan, including Guam.

 

A joint venture between Japanese general contractor Obayashi Corporation and a U.S. company won the contract with a bid of $165 million (about 18.16 billion yen) for constructing barracks and road maintenance in the Finegayan district. When the construction will begin is still undecided. The contract includes unexploded ordinance disposal, the preservation of historic buildings and the measures to protect endangered species.

 

A local company won the contract for the maintenance of the live firing range with a bid of $78 million (about 8.587 billion yen).

 

The two contracts are based on the Japanese government’s funding to the U.S. government. The two governments agreed in writing in July that Tokyo will pay $235.8 million (about 25.938 billion yen).

 

Lt. Gen David Berger, the commander of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, said, “This is a major step to enhance Guam as one of the strategic bases in the Mariana Islands, and we will maintain our capabilities in the Indian and Asia-Pacific region.” (Abridged)

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