1. Withdrawal

    U.S. Marines to Leave Okinawa

    To go with feature story Japan-US-military-diplomacy by Kyoko Hasegawa
In a picture taken on April 26, 2010 a US Marines' CH-46E helicopter takes off from the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. The deafening US military jets sometimes fly so low that the pilots' faces are visible to the people living around their airbase on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. The base has been there since the palm-fringed island emerged from the battles of Word War II to become Japan's main US military staging area -- but many locals say they'll never get used to the ear-splitting noise.  AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Toshifumi Kitamura, AFP / Getty Images

    The U.S. military will relocate 9,000 Marines from the Japanese island of Okinawa to quash anger among residents over pollution, accidents, and crime. Under a deal reached late Thursday, about half of the 19,000 Marines stationed there will move to other Pacific locations like Guam, Hawaii, and Australia. No date has been given for the move, which will cost $8.6 billion, of which Japan will pay $3.1 billion.

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