The United States has asked Japan to shoulder part of the costs involved in the planned transfer of U.S. Marines from Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, which the U.S. side was scheduled to cover, sources close to Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday.
The U.S. government has requested that Japan cover some of the expenses to construct U.S. military-related facilities in Guam -- a move that would renege on a bilateral agreement on cost sharing. Japan's additional financial burden is expected to amount to more than $1 billion (about 82 billion yen), the sources said.
The request was made during the course of a review on the plan to realign U.S. forces in Japan. The two countries had agreed in 2006 to move 8,000 of the 18,000 Marines in Okinawa, which currently hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan, to Guam, but the number of Marines to be moved to the U.S. territory has been reduced to 4,700 in recent review negotiations.