Jacob M. Schlesinger
The Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2010
The Japanese government issued a joint statement with the U.S. formally sealing a controversial agreement to keep a large number of Marines on the southern island of Okinawa, after the Obama administration made some small concessions to help Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama save face for breaking a campaign promise.
The new pact, issued Thursday night in Washington, places greater emphasis than previous agreements on environmental protection, a major concern of critics of the plan for the military base. It includes a pledge to give Japanese officials greater access to U.S. facilities for ecological surveys, and a promise to consider “ways to introduce renewable energy technology” on the base.
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For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:
Japan, U.S. Issue Joint Statement on Relocation of Okinawa Base Xinhua, May 28, 2010
Japan, U.S. Agree on Okinawa Marine Base Relocation Businessweek, May 28, 2010
Japan PM in Deal to Keep US Base on Okinawa BBC News, May 28, 2010