5 Apr 2010

CNMI gets Japanese visitors amid Okinawa drive to move US troops

2:24 pm on 5 April 2010

A Japanese mayor and two lawmakers will be visiting Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas this week over the planned relocation of US marines from Japan.

This comes amid a Japanese drive to facilitate the departure of US troops from Okinawa, with the original plan focussing of shifting the soldiers to Guam.

The CNMI's administration has repeatedly said that it would welcome a relocation of some of the Marines to the CNMI if such a plan is supported by Washington.

The Tinian mayor is for the plan, saying Tinian has waited for over 30 years for such movement to help boost the economy.