Six visiting lawmakers from Japan have visited the Northern Marianas to discuss the possible relocation of US troops from Okinawa.
The groups met the governors of both the CNMI and Guam over the proposals to move 4,000 American troops from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma.
The group say they want to arrange a meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister and the two Governors.
It would aim to bolster plans to renegotiate a 2006 accord between Japan and the U.S.
During the meeting, the two local governors told the Japanese Diet members that any decision to accept or reject the relocation of troops to the CNMI or Guam rests with the U.S. government.