About Japan to pay 60% of costs of moving US troops to Guam
|April 25th, 2006||#1|
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Japan to pay 60% of costs of moving US troops to Guam info
|April 26th, 2006||#2|
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I am happy with the deal.
Your article has a little spin to the anti American side of things. Japan had only offered to pay 30% of the costs when negotiations. The article failed to mention that. That figure seems low when you think about how bad some Japanese wanted US troops off the island. Okinawa has had a lot of anti US sediment in the last few years.
As I said, I am happy with the deal
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|May 7th, 2006||#5|
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Okinawa is actually a crammed island full of people and the military bases are taking up much needed space. I think the japanese govt just wanted to sweeten the deal so that the Americans could finally give the property up. It's been an issue for a while now.
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|May 7th, 2006||#6|
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Stupid decision they are soooo going to regret taking.
The article is from one of UK's more leftist papers, The Guardian, hence the bias.
Deal reached specifies Japan must pay $6.1 billion for the privilege of evicting the U.S. Army
Japan and the United States have resolved a dispute over the costs of relocating 8,000 US marines from Okinawa to the Pacific island of Guam.
Tokyo had objected to US calls for it to pay 75% of the estimated $10bn cost.
But after talks in Washington on Sunday, a compromise deal was reached under which Tokyo will contribute $6.1bn towards the cost of relocation.
The dispute has held up agreement on overall realignment plans for the US military presence in Japan.
The agreement was due to have been finalised at the end of March.
Japanese Defence Minister Fukushiro Nukaga had a three-hour meeting with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
“We have come to an understanding that we both feel is in the best interests of our two countries,” Mr Rumsfeld said.
Tokyo and Washington agreed last year the broad framework of a plan to reduce the number of troops on Okinawa, where most of the American forces are based.
It included the proposal to redeploy the 8,000 marines to Guam but the Japanese government felt its contribution to the moving costs should be smaller.
After several rounds of negotiations over the last few weeks, Japan’s Defence Agency agreed to pay 59% of the costs in grants, loans and investments.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said Japan’s contribution was needed to accelerate the transfer.
“Japan needs to shoulder the necessary costs in order to achieve as early as possible our two goals of reducing the local burden and maintaining the deterrent capability,” he told reporters in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, talks continue in Washington and the overall relocation plan is expected to be finalised next month.
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|May 7th, 2006||#7|
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I say it's about time that Japan wants to establish itself as not needing american military presence on a constant basis. What has it done since the korean war? The marines just sit there doing nothing while they could be used in the mideast and elsewhere, it's unnecessary. Even during vietnam the japanese bases weren't very useful since they were too far away. If it costs a lot of money then the japanese can afford it, it's just how much they have to pay that is the question.
|May 8th, 2006||#8|
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I think that the USA should've stayed on the Island. But that's because the USA payed for that Island in Blood. Just like the island of Iwo Jima, which is once again a Japanese military base.
Somethings shouldn't change, we fought for that island and we should stay on it.
I have nothing against the Japanese today, but the idea that the island that thousands of GIs and Marines fought and died for to capture to be given back. It just shakes my core because I feel that the memories of those Soldiers and Marines are now worth a little less. By having our troops stationed there, they are reminded of the heroism of the Soldiers and Marines that took that Island.
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|May 8th, 2006||#9|
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It isn't wrong to give japan back their territory. Those GIs didn't waste their lives because the military bases are going to become defunct, they fought and died so that japan could be relieved of its military dictatorship that was oppressing everyone they conquered. The GIs succeeded and we salute them, now japan with a healthy code of honor can take on the responsibility of securing their own territory. I have no problem with that, our boys can comeback home and we don't have to worry about bases out in the middle of the pacific since we can use their facilities anyway.
|May 8th, 2006||#10|
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Why are left-wing people pro-China?
After people's left-wing soul traveled to left far &far on the world map.
At last,Their soul decided to live in Beijing.