- August 1, 2013
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Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto this week agreed to make steady progress on the realignment of U.S. Forces Japan, including the relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, and of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa. In a meeting at the Pentagon, Carter also emphasized the steadfast nature of the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific rebalance, and noted the significant role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in maintaining regional security and stability, reported American Forces Press Service. They also discussed progress being made with respect to the joint strike fighter program and agreed to stay in close touch to build upon the strong bilateral relationship between their two countries, according to the story.