News flash – Pacific Command admiral gives timeframe for Marines transfer

TOKYO — Around 4,000 U.S. Marines presently stationed on Okinawa will betransferred to Guam between 2024 and 2028, Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S.Pacific Command, said this week.Harris was addressing a Congressional hearing in Washington on the U.S. military’spositioning and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.  Under an agreement between Tokyo and Washington, the transfer of the Marines fromOkinawa has long been scheduled in order to reduce the burden placed on the prefecture. Thatschedule has been repeatedly delayed, however, due to opposition from local political parties andresidents, who want . . .

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