Saturday, April 7, 2012

US asks Japan for $300M to fix controversial base on Okinawa - News - Stripes

The United States wants Japan to pay about $312 million to repair Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa over the next eight years despite plans to close the base, the Asahi newspaper reported Thursday.

The proposal was made recently by U.S. officials as part of ongoing talks to renegotiate a landmark 2006 agreement to realign Marine Corps forces in Japan. The work would include routine maintenance on barracks and to the front gate, as well as upgrades to the air station’s flight line in the latter part of the project, according to the newspaper.

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