Now the delays and changes to the US plan to relocate Marines from the island now involves Korea:
Some U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa will likely move to South Korea under a plan whereby the U.S. redeploys some 3,300 of the 18,000 marines on the Japanese island to other countries on a rotating basis.
A South Korean government source said Monday the U.S. “has long wanted to redeploy some of its marines from Okinawa to Korea. Once Washington and Tokyo reach agreement on the status of the U.S. marines in Okinawa, the U.S. will consider redeploying some of them here.”
Originally, the U.S. had planned to move 8,000 marines and their families from Okinawa to Guam, but under a recent tentative agreement with Tokyo it will send 4,700 to Guam and rotate 3,300 to other overseas bases, including Australia and the Philippines.
The U.S. has been trying to sound South Korea out since 2006 about sending some marines here.
The Lee Myung-bak administration is apparently worried about opposition from China and North Korea as well as from some South Koreans, even though it believes that the U.S. marines could play a positive role in an emergency. [Chosun Ilbo]
I wonder how long a rotation will be? One year like most other servicemembers in Korea perhaps? If so that is not exactly what I would call a rotation. Also I wonder if Camp Mujuk will be the place where they are housed? If so it is good that the camp has been upgraded over the years.