US military takes first step in relocation in Japan

Workers began placing buoys off Okinawa as part of a long-planned and highly contentious relocation of an American military base, which a US official said was a critical step toward the realignment of US forces in Japan.

`US military to return some Okinawa land to Japan`

Japan and the United States have agreed on a plan that will see some land occupied by the US military returned to the islands, reports said.

US to remove 9,000 Marines from Japan`s Okinawa

The move is part of a broader arrangement designed to tamp down tensions in the US-Japan defence alliance.

US, Japan mull sending 4,700 Marines to Guam

The United States and Japan are hoping to break a stalemate over the US military presence on Okinawa.

`US to transfer Marines from Okinawa to Guam’

The United States and Japan have agreed to tweak a six-year-old agreement on Marines based on the southern island of Okinawa.