Gen. David Berger, the new U.S. Marines commandant, acknowledged Wednesday that he is concerned about deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea, both key regional allies, but expressed hopes politicians would work out a resolution.
The governor of Okinawa in southern Japan pushed Friday for three-way talks involving his prefecture, the central government and the U.S. on what steps to take following a referendum that rejected a relocation plan for an American military base.
The bicultural, newly elected governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa plans to visit the United States with a message to the American people: Stop building a disputed military base and build peace instead.
Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press and Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
Denny Tamaki, who campaigned criticizing the American military presence on the southwestern Japanese islands of Okinawa, won the election for governor Sunday, defeating a ruling party-backed candidate pushing the status quo.