U.S. Says Troops on Okinawa is Fundamental to Security

U.S. officials told the governor of Okinawa on Wednesday that a U.S. troop presence on the Japanese island, which he opposes, is fundamental to the U.S. commitment to defend Japan. Officials from the U.S. State and Defense Departments told Takeshi Onaga in a meeting in Washington that the United States and Japan shared "an unwavering commitment" to building a new base for U.S. Marines on the island. Onaga was elected governor last year largely because of his stand against U.S. bases. He and many Okinawans also rejected a proposal to move the U.S. Marines' existing Futenma base to another location on the island and insist that it move off altogether.