Construction could soon begin on a controversial housing project for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni as the realignment of U.S. forces in the region continues to consume this small base outside Hiroshima.
The Navy has awarded $53.7 million in contracts for construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, a move critical to the redistribution of U.S. forces in the Pacific.
The Navy has recommended placing firing ranges on Andersen Air Force Base instead of Guam’s ancient ancestral lands in its latest environmental impact report — largely seen as one of the final hurdles to moving 4,700 Marines and their families off Okinawa as part of the Pacific realignment.
Caroline Kennedy's first trip to Okinawa as ambassador was widely seen as a show of support for the island's governor, who in December approved the construction of a new U.S. airfield to replace MCAS Futenma.
The mayor of a small city in Okinawa took his case to the world media Thursday in Tokyo, portraying the plan to build a Marine base there as one that fosters destruction of an ecological paradise and undermines democratic values.