TOKYO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Japan plans to cut spending on the relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa prefecture to Guam by about 80 percent from the 2011 budget, officials said.
The move comes after the United States Monday froze funding for the relocation in its 2012 budget, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
Japan is also considering withholding the disbursal of related funds from the 2011 budget, officials said Wednesday.
So far, Japan has shouldered about 60 percent of the costs related to moving the some 8,000 U.S. Marines to Guam on the understanding the United States would cover the servicing costs related to the facilities, such as building new structures. However, there has been no progress on the construction of facilities in Guam, the report said.
However, officials said the government is likely to pursue the planned transfer to reduce the burden on Okinawa of hosting U.S. bases.