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From Okinawa to Japan_ a New Era for U.S.- Japan Relations_Development on Guam

From Okinawa to Japan_ a New Era for U.S.- Japan Relations_Development on Guam

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A thesis looking at historical US-Japan relations; focusing on the context of future military relocation from Okinawa to Guam.
A thesis looking at historical US-Japan relations; focusing on the context of future military relocation from Okinawa to Guam.

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From Okinawa to Japan:
A New Era for U.S.-Japan Relations
Janice Dornbush
The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania

A Thesis:
Presented to the Faculties of the University of
Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
for the Degree of Master of Arts

May 2008
Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Amyx

The U.S.-Japan relationship is one of the longest and strongest such security relationships in the world. The majority of US forces in Asia are located in Japan and the majority of those forces are located on Okinawa. The U.S. military is currently in the process of working on a plan to move a significant number of U.S. service personnel from Futenma Marine Corps Base in Okinawa, Japan to Guam, USA. This move is unique in that the Japanese government is expected to bear 60% of the cost associated with the Futenma relocation. This move is the result of changing pressures and priorities with the U.S. and Japan. In Japan, the pressure comes from Okinawans, and recognition from the Japanese government of the need, to reduce US military presence on Okinawa. In the U.S., there is a desire for a modernized U.S. basing strategy for the Asia Pacific region. The move is a herculean task, fraught with difficulty and private sector help will be critical in completing this on time and on budget to usher in a new era of U.S.- Japan relations.

Janice Dornbush

Table of Contents

1.Introdu ction\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..5
2. Japan: Understanding Changes that Led to Adoption of this Plan\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026...7
3. U.S.: Understanding Dynamics that Led to the Adoption of this Plan.................................. 14
3.1 Decision to Move Troops as Part of U.S. Rebasing Strategy\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..16
3.2 Why Was Guam Selected?\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..19
4. The Move: Understanding Funding and Execution to get from Okinawa to Guam\u2026\u2026.\u2026.25
4.1 Relocation Plans and Cost\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026...25
4.2 Funding\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u202626
4.3 Execution\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026.27
4.3.1 Japan Bank for International Cooperation\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u202628
4.3.2 Joint Guam Program Office\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..30
4.4 Potential Problems with Funding from Japan\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..32
4.5 Potential Problems with Funding from the U.S. Side\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..34
4.6 Logistics\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026...35

5. Conclusion:\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026...\u202644 6. Appendix\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u202647 7. Bibliography\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..50

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