Guam - One of the individuals who participated in meetings with the visiting delegation from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, was Consolidated Commission on Utilities Chairperson Simon Sanchez. He reacts to an article published in the Yomiuri Shimbun saying that the Japanese government may balk at financially supporting waste water system upgrades for Guam, by saying that whether or not Japan pays up be will hold the U.S. Department of Defense to its promise to fund the needed infrastructure upgrades for the military buildup.
"So whether they get the money from Japan or other sources, our position is you've got to do this one way or the other and we'll see how it goes, but we're not going to be able to permit worker housing projects if we have a solution to water and wastewater," said Sanchez.
According to the Status of Forces Agreement signed between Japan and the United States, Japan agreed to provide funding for infrastructure requirements. Furthermore, should infrastructure improvements face delays, so too will the movement and relocation of troops from Okinawa to Guam.