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In October, the U.S. and Japan released a report outlining plans to realign U.S. forces in Japan. The nations had hoped to complete negotiations by the end of March, but have not yet finalized a plan. Developments in the last few weeks:

April 5: Apparently at an impasse over who is to pay for the relocation of up to 8,000 Marines to Guam, U.S. and Japanese officials end realignment negotiations in Washington one day early. They agree to pick up again the following week in Tokyo.

April 7: Nago Mayor Yoshikazu Shimaburkuro and other local mayors agree to a proposal from Defense Agency chief Fukushiro Nukaga to allow the construction of two runways at Camp Schwab. Separate runways would move U.S. flight paths away from local villages.

April 8: After meeting with Nukaga in Tokyo, Okinawa Gov. Keiichi Inamine says he still opposes the Camp Schwab plan. Nukaga says negotiations will continue.

April 10: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi says he will meet with Inamine personally to discuss the Camp Schwab plan. No date was set for their meeting.

April 11: President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tell reporters separately that the realignment plans are on track.

April 12: U.S. and Japanese officials meet in Tokyo, resuming the talks that stalled last week in Washington. The nations are still at odds over how much Japan will pay of the $10 billion cost to relocate Marines from Japan to Guam. The U.S. is not involved in local negotiations over the Camp Schwab plan.

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