June 14 2012
The United States is strengthening the Marine presence in Okinawa, even as Washington is negotiating with Japan to reduce the long-term American military presence on the island, reports Stars & Stripes.
The current Marine units will be filled to maximum potential a rotation program will increase the number of Marines on Okinawa from an average of 15,700 to around 19,000, said a senior Pentagon official.
In April, U.S. and Japanese negotiators agreed to a force of 10,000...
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