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Sagamihara city in Japan is hosting a panel discussion Saturday on U.S. forces realignment and the future of military bases there. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Ajisai Kaikan, just in front of city hall.

Col. David Hunter-Chester, deputy chief of staff for civil affairs at U.S. Army Japan headquarters on nearby Camp Zama, will be on a five-member panel that also will include a Takushoku University professor, the director of Yokohama’s Defense Facilities Administration Bureau, a Sagamihara community leader and the head of a nonprofit peace research organization.

They’re scheduled to talk about the planned I Corps move from Fort Lewis, Wash., to Camp Zama, the partial return of Sagami Depot and the importance of maintaining a strong deterrence.

City officials say they hope to deepen residents’ understanding of U.S. military base issues. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The first 300 people can attend and admission is free.

Only Hunter-Chester will speak in English, with Japanese translation. The other discussions will be held in Japanese.


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