US reportedly asks Japan to increase cash
Guam - More information is being released regarding the negotiations between the U.S. and Japan regarding its 2006 agreement to realign forces in Japan. The Daily Yomiuri is reporting the U.S. is asking for an increase in Japan's contribution for the Marines relocation from Okinawa to Guam, requesting $4 billion as opposed to the agreed upon $2.8 billion.
According to the article, one of the reasons for the request was based on the delay in developing infrastructure here in Guam. The article which did not name their sources went on to state that Japan has told the United States it cannot increase the amount, as the number of U.S. Marines to be transferred to Guam is expected to be less than the 2006 agreement specified.
Discussions in the meantime continue in Washington next week.