U.S., Japan leaders discussing realignment
Guam - Japanese media are reporting a meeting underway in the country between senior U.S. and Japan diplomatic and defense officials. At the heart of discussions: the realignment of forces in Okinawa. As we've been reporting the U.S. and Japan have already announced the delinking of the Futenma Replacement Facility from the Marines relocation plan.
Over the next two days they are reportedly will try to hammer out the specifics of how to redeploy the Marines from Okinawa to Guam. Although not confirmed, its estimated Guam will now see only 4,700 troops as opposed to initial 8,000 originally proposed. A new version of the redeployment plan is expected around May.