11 Sep 2012

Hopes Tinian exercise will give the CNMI island an economic boost

3:01 pm on 11 September 2012

A lawmaker from the Northern Marianas island of Tinian hopes the joint military exercise involving United States marines and Japanese soldiers will boost the local economy.

Representative Trenton Conner says he's seen some of the soldiers buying from stores and hopes it has a multiplier effect on the economy.

Two-thirds of Tinian lands are leased by the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Tinian Mayor Ramon Dela Cruz has been asking the military to use their leased lands to help boost the island's economy.

65 U.S. Marines based in Okinawa arrived on Tinian Thursday night last week to prepare the training sites, with an additional 150 Marines, along with the Japanese Self-Defense Force troops, arriving this week.