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Okinawa governor learns that Marines’ transfer to Guam could become possible in 2024

  • August 31, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times
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Saturday’s Okinawa Times ran a Kyodo story saying that Okinawa Governor Tamaki told reporters on Friday in Guam that he has learned from the U.S. military that the transfer of some of the Okinawa-based Marines to Guam could become possible from around 2024. The paper wrote that the U.S. military has explained to the Guam parliament its plan to begin transferring the Marines in the first half of fiscal 2025 and complete the transfer in about 18 months. The paper wrote that Tamaki discussed the issue with Guam Governor Leon Guerrero on Friday. The Okinawa governor was quoted as telling the Guamanian leader that it is important to steadily implement the relocation of U.S. bases outside Japan, including to Guam, to reduce the excessive base-hosting burden on the people of Okinawa. Governor Leon Guerrero reportedly told Tamaki that she understands the need to alleviate the burden on Okinawa and hopes to receive the Marines in Guam as soon as possible.

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