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PacNet #11- Future of the US Marines in Okinawa — long-term risks for short-term gain?

On Feb. 8, the US and Japanese governments announced they would "adjust" plans for the relocation of US Marines in Okinawa as set forth in the 2006 Roadmap for Realignment. Washington and Tokyo also pledged to discuss "a number of issues associated with these adjustments" in the days ahead. While this adjustment may relieve pressure on the two governments in the short-term, it leaves unresolved issues critical to the sustainable presence of US forces in Japan, exposing the US-Japan alliance to a long-term risk.