27 Apr 2012

US and Japan confirm Okinawa marine relocation numbers

3:16 pm on 27 April 2012

It's been confirmed that about 9,000 marines stationed in Japan will be moved to Guam and other Asia-Pacific locations, including Hawaii.

The Washington Post reports that the US Secretary of State, the Defense Secretary and their Japanese counterparts outlined the agreement in a joint statement a short time ago.

The statement makes no mention of a timetable for the relocation of between 4,700 and 5,000 troops to Guam, saying it will happen when appropriate facilities are available to receive them.

An unnamed official told reporters before the formal announcement that the remaining marines will be moved to Hawaii or be part of a rotational presence in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific.

Under the agreement, 10,000 marines will remain on Okinawa.