U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
U.S. military helicopters fly over the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa, in 2009.
April 27th, 2012
01:34 AM ET

U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

Thousands of Marines and their families will be transferred off Okinawa under an agreement that will reduce the American military footprint in Japan, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said late Thursday.

Under the agreement, some 9,000 Marines belonging to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force will be moved off Okinawa, with roughly half being reassigned to bases in Guam, according to a joint statement released by the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee.

"I am very pleased that, after many years, we have reached this important agreement and plan of action," Panetta said.

The announcement by the committee, which included key U.S. and Japanese defense officials, ends years of seesaw talks aimed at cutting the American presence on the island south of Tokyo.

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  1. saywhat

    We are intruders in 130 countries and have estimated 900 military bases around the world. Spending billions of dollars of tax payers money on their up keep.People in most of these places are standing up to see us exit.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. WWII Exit Strategy Revealed

    There's been a lot of talk about how there was no official exit strategy for US troops occupying Iraq...remember? Most of US were critical of this. Well, now you are seeing WWII's exit strategy for occupied Ja pan. Will occupied Germany follow suit? What of those occupied economically...dozens of countries indebted to the IMF/WorldBank/USAid, having leaders with no-choice but to watch their precious natural resources going to people struggling with nationwide obesity epidemics as their own citizens starve? What's the exit strategy for them?

    April 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @saywhat. Yep.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Good morning @ Philip. Hope had a good start to your day.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. 4 Thought

    Why has there never been a book written or a movie made where the flying saucers come from earth, manmade. Thousands of creative writers have imagined every possible scenario except one, flying saucers originating from the minds of men. One would think at least one creative writer would have thought of this, perhaps even making, say, at least one short Twilight Zone episode where manmade flying saucers attack to scare citizens into doing something they otherwise wouldn't even consider doing. (like abandoning patriotism in favor of an NWO united agains space invaders.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Yep. Hay. I posted several times last night on the Okinawa blog...(same line of thought I just posted above)...and this morning, every single one of my posts had been deleted! Funny, huh.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • B. Childress

      Flying saucers? And you want to know why they were deleted?

      April 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Good some money to pay down debt?

    April 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @B. Childress. Whats wrong with flying saucers. Movies about them make billions of dollars...books, magazines...awards even go to actors portrayed as Americans victorious over the invading alien saucers. One old radio show pretending saucers were attacking had millions of Americans terrified, recall? But thos flying saucers were all portrayed as being from outter space. As if no science fiction writer has the imagination needed to imagine flying saucers from earth, built by men duping the entire world of mankind with a phony War on Invading Aliens.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Guess the moderators would rather see an empty thread! So if 4500 of these Marines are going to be reassigned to Guam, where are the other 4500 going?

    April 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    OUT OF PATIENCE WITH CNN THAT WILL NOT ALLOW ANY POST THAT CONFLICTS WITH ITs half truths soundbites and deliberate disinformation policys for US military policys and lets militaryex and scyive trll blatant half truths.
    Censorship is alive and well in all forms of media but especially at cnn.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |