Thursday, August 22, 2013

Abe asks McCain to cooperate in moving Okinawa-based U.S. Marines | GlobalPost

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday to cooperate in moving U.S. Marine Corps personnel to Guam from Okinawa, calling for a budgetary allocation needed to proceed with the plan agreed on between the two countries.

At a separate meeting in Tokyo, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and the senator agreed to move forward the overall plan to realign U.S. forces in Japan, which is aimed at easing the base-hosting burden on the southern island prefecture, Japanese officials said.

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Comment: According to anonymous sources, Sen. McCain was reported to have asked Prime Minister Abe in return, "Where's my cut?"

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