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Top U.S. military official in Okinawa pays farewell visit to DM Kishi

Departing Okinawa Area Coordinator Lt. Gen. Stacy Clardy makes a courtesy visit to Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo (right) at the Ministry of Defense on Sept. 21.

TOKYO – On Sept. 21, III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Stacy Clardy, who also serves as Okinawa Area Coordinator, paid a courtesy call on Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo before leaving his post. Clardy will be succeeded by Third Marine Division Commanding General Major Gen. James W. Bierman.


According to the Ministry of Defense (MOD), the two men confirmed the reorganization of the U.S. forces in Japan will move forward, including the construction of a new base in the Henoko district of Nago City.


The MOD also said the two leaders exchanged views about the release of water containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the U.S. military’s Futenma airfield but did not reveal details about the conversation.

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