Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 14, 2009

The United States welcomes the Japanese Diet’s ratification yesterday of the Agreement on the Relocation of United States Marine Corps from Okinawa to Guam, which was signed by Secretary Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Nakasone on February 17, 2009. This is a significant step towards the full implementation of the May 1, 2006 Realignment Roadmap.

The United States Government remains committed to completing the realignment package, including the relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to Guam. Okinawa is currently home to approximately 25,000 U.S. service members and their dependents. These soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are a key component of the United States’ and Japan’s defense strategy. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the people of Okinawa and their role as host to U.S. forces in Japan.

PRN: 2009/459