(* This is a provisional translation by "WIP ジャパン" for reference purpose only. The original text is in Japanese.)
Press Conference by Foreign Minister Taro Aso
Date: Friday, April 28, 2006, 8:55 a.m.
Place: In front of the Ministers' Room in the House
- Realignment of U.S. Forces
Realignment of U.S. Forces
The U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Richard Lawless, says that 3 trillion yen will be required for the realignment of U.S. Forces in Japan. Some reports are questioning what is behind his naming this figure. What do you think about Mr. Lawless's figure of 3 trillion yen?
I know nothing at all about what this estimate is based on, so can't say anything. However, I do know about the 6 billion dollars. Of the 6 billion dollars, Japan's share is 2.8 billion. Once everything is taken into account, including the relocation off the coast of Iwakuni, the grand total doesn't come to any more than about 20 billion dollars. Even after performing the calculations, I don't think it will come to that much. So, even though I don't know what is behind that figure, I understand his statement as making the point that Japan is shouldering a substantial portion of the burden.
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