April 27 - The U.S. and Japan announce a revised agreement on streamlining the U.S. military presence on the island of Okinawa. Paul Chapman reports.
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The U.S. military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa has long been a source of tension between the two nations.
Now a new agreement just unveiled to streamline the U.S. presence there could help to change all that.
Japan's foreign minister is optimistic.
SOUNDBITE: KOICHIRO GEMBA, JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, SAYING (Japanese):
"The agreement contains a strategy to deal with the constantly changing peace and security environment and also, as we have been prioritising the lessening of the burden on Okinawa including the return of lands, we feel it's a positive and forward-moving agreement."
The revised deal will see 9, 000 U.S. Marines leave Okinawa.
Just over half will move to Guam with 3.1 billion dollars of Japanese funding.
The rest will go to other places including Australia and Hawaii.
Japan is home to 47, 000 U.S. troops in total.
The U.S. presence on Okinawa has been a source of friction with local residents who complain of crime, noise and fatal accidents.
The issue of moving the entire base to a new site in a less crowded location remains to be settled.
Paul Chapman, Reuters
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