Okinawa governor visits Marine Corps base construction site on Guam

VISITING GUAM: Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki visited Guam Thursday. Tamaki, front, center, raises his hands with supporters in celebration after he was elected in the gubernatorial election in Naha, on the Japanese southern island of Okinawa, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Sept. 30, 2018. Kyodo via Reuters

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, the son of a U.S. Marine and Japanese mother, is visiting Guam and meeting with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero tomorrow, the governor's office confirmed Thursday.

He's also expected to meet with officials in the U.S. military leadership on Guam.

The meeting will touch on the military buildup, the governor's office confirmed. Okinawans have asked for the reduction of the U.S. military presence in Okinawa.

Under an agreement between Japan and the United States, almost 5,000 Marines based in Okinawa are expected to relocate to Guam in a Marine Corps base that's being built in Finegayan, Dededo, near Andersen Air Force Base. 

Japan is helping pay for the estimated $8 billion relocation cost.

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