Japan, U.S. issue joint statement on relocation of Okinawa base

10:24, May 28, 2010      

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with her Japanese counterpart Katsuya Okada before their meeting in Tokyo May 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Japan and the United States issued a joint statement Friday on the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, saying that the airbase will be moved to the Henoko coast, Nago City within the prefecture, basically in line with an existing accord struck in 2006.

The statement was issued after an agreement was made in the two- plus-two, meaning the United States-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) consisting of defense and foreign ministers of the two countries for discussing security matters.

"The United States reiterated its unwavering commitment to Japan's security. Japan reconfirmed its commitment to playing a positive role in contributing to the peace and stability of the region," the statement said.

The ministers confirmed their commitment to implement steadily the realignment initiatives described in the May 1, 2006 agreement on relocation of the base, and reaffirmed the consolidation and return of most of the facilities south of Kadena to Guam, according to the statement.

The two sides also confirmed the intention to locate the replacement facility at the Camp Schwab Henoko-saki area and adjacent waters, with the runway portions of the facility to be 1, 800 meters long, it said.

Responding to the concerns of the people of Okinawa, the statement said concrete measures should be taken in areas of environment, noise reduction at Kadena, training areas, shared use of facilities, etc.


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