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U.S. to maintain marine presence in Japan

March 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

OKINAWA, Japan, March 1 (UPI) -- The United States plans to maintain a significant Marine presence on Okinawa, consisting of two units, sources told the Yomiuri Shimbun.

The United States informed Japan of the decision during a review of a 2006 Japan-U.S. agreement Monday and Tuesday.

The decision involves about 10,000 of the 18,000 Marines currently stationed in Okinawa prefecture -- the III MEF Command Element, considered the front-line force against China and North Korea.

The remaining combat forces are to be relocated to Guam.

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