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MOD dismisses report of possible deployment of new Marine unit in Okinawa

Ryukyu Shimpo took up a press conference on Tuesday by a Defense Ministry spokesman during which he dismissed remarks allegedly made by a top U.S. military official regarding a plan to deploy a Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR) in Okinawa. Commandant Berger was reported to have told a Japanese media outlet earlier this month that discussions have already begun with the Japanese side on the deployment of a regiment equipped with anti-ship missiles in the southernmost prefecture by 2027. The ministry spokesman was quoted as saying: “It is not true that we have been presented with such a proposal…. As the top Marine, Gen. Berger talked about a future vision. The U.S. government has not yet made an official decision.”

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