Joint Statement of the U.S.-Japan
Security Consultative Committee

May 28, 2010
Secretary of State Clinton
Secretary of Defense Gates
Minister for Foreign Affairs Okada
Minister of Defense Kitazawa

On May 28, 2010, the members of the United States-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) reconfirmed that, in this 50th anniversary year of the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, the U.S.-Japan Alliance remains indispensable not only to the defense of Japan, but also to the peace, security, and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. Recent developments in the security environment of Northeast Asia reaffirmed the significance of the Alliance. In this regard, the United States reiterated its unwavering commitment to Japan's security. Japan reconfirmed its commitment to playing a positive role in contributing to the peace and stability of the region. Furthermore, the SCC members recognized that a robust forward presence of U.S. military forces in Japan, including in Okinawa, provides the deterrence and capabilities necessary for the defense of Japan and for the maintenance of regional stability. The SCC members committed to promote and deepen security cooperation in wide-ranging areas to enable the Alliance to adapt to the evolving challenges of the 21st century.

The Ministers reaffirmed the commitment to reduce the impact on local communities, including in Okinawa, thereby preserving a sustainable U.S. military presence in Japan. In this context, the SCC members expressed their shared commitments to relocate Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma and return the base to Japan as part of the Alliance transformation and realignment process.

The Ministers confirmed their commitment to implement steadily the realignment initiatives described in the May 1, 2006, SCC Document, "United States-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation," as supplemented by this SCC Statement.

The Ministers reaffirmed that, as provided for in the Guam Agreement of February 17, 2009, the relocation of approximately 8,000 III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) personnel and their approximately 9,000 dependents from Okinawa to Guam is dependent on tangible progress toward the completion of the replacement facility. The relocation to Guam will realize the consolidation and return of most of the facilities south of Kadena.

Bearing this in mind, the two sides intend to verify and validate that this Futenma relocation plan appropriately considers factors such as safety, operational requirements, noise impact, environmental concerns, and effects on the local community.

Both sides confirmed the intention to locate the replacement facility at the Camp Schwab Henoko-saki area and adjacent waters, with the runway portion(s) of the facility to be 1,800 meters long, inclusive of overruns, exclusive of seawalls.

In order to achieve the earliest possible return of MCAS Futenma, the Ministers decided that a study by experts regarding the replacement facility's location, configuration and construction method would be completed promptly (in any event no later than the end of August, 2010), and that the verification and validation would be completed by the time of the next SCC.

Both sides confirmed the intention to locate, configure, and construct the replacement facility in such a manner as to ensure that environmental impact assessment procedures and construction of the replacement facility can be completed without significant delay.

The Ministers recognized the importance of responding to the concerns of the people of Okinawa that they bear a disproportionate burden related to the presence of U.S. forces, and also recognized that the more equitable distribution of shared alliance responsibilities is essential for sustainable development of the Alliance. Based on the aforementioned recognition, the Ministers directed that, as progress is made toward the replacement facility, concrete measures should be taken expeditiously in the following areas:

Training Relocation
• 訓練移転

The two sides committed to expand the relocation of the U.S. forces activities, to include both bilateral and unilateral training, outside of Okinawa. In this regard, utilization of Tokunoshima will be considered, subject to development of appropriate facilities. Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) facilities and areas in mainland Japan may also be utilized. Both sides also committed to examine the relocation of training outside of Japan, such as to Guam.
• 両政府は,二国間及び単独の訓練を含め,米軍の活動の沖縄県外への移転を拡充することを決意した。この関連で,適切な施設が整備されることを条件として,徳之島の活用が検討される。日本本土の自衛隊の施設・区域も活用され得る。両政府は,また,グアム等日本国外への訓練の移転を検討することを決意した。

• 環境

In view of shared responsibilities on environmental stewardship, the Ministers instructed their staffs to discuss the potential for the United States and Japan to take a "Green Alliance" approach to our bases and the environment. U.S.-Japanese collaboration on a "Green Alliance" would consider ways to introduce renewable energy technology into U.S. bases in Japan and under development in Guam, including as a component of Host Nation Support. The Ministers instructed their staffs to consider promptly and seriously an agreement on the environment, including reasonable access to U.S. facilities and areas in cases of environmental incidents, and reasonable access to U.S. facilities and areas for environmental surveys prior to land returns.
• 環境保全に対する共有された責任の観点から,閣僚は,日米両国が我々の基地及び環境に対して,「緑の同盟」のアプローチをとる可能性について議論するように事務当局に指示した。「緑の同盟」に関する日米の協力により,日本国内及びグアムにおいて整備中の米国の基地に再生可能エネルギーの技術を導入する方法を,在日米軍駐留経費負担(HNS)の一構成要素とすることを含め,検討することになる。閣僚は,環境関連事故の際の米軍施設・区域への合理的な立入り,返還前の環境調査のための米軍施設・区域への合理的な立入りを含む環境に関する合意を速やかに,かつ,真剣に検討することを,事務当局に指示した。

Shared Use of Facilities
• 施設の共同使用

The two sides intend to study opportunities to expand the shared use of facilities between U.S. forces and the SDF, which would contribute to closer bilateral operational coordination, improved interoperability, and stronger relations with local communities. •  両政府は,二国間のより緊密な運用調整,相互運用性の改善及び地元とのより強固な関係に寄与するような米軍と自衛隊との間の施設の共同使用を拡大する機会を検討する意図を有する。

Training Areas
• 訓練区域

The two sides decided on the partial lift of restrictions on the use of the "Hotel/Hotel training area" and committed to continue to consult on other measures. • 両政府は,ホテル・ホテル訓練区域の使用制限の一部解除を決定し,その他の措置についての協議を継続することを決意した。

Guam Relocation
• グアム移転

The two sides confirmed that, in accordance with the Guam Agreement of February 17, 2009, the relocation of approximately 8,000 III MEF personnel and their approximately 9,000 dependents from Okinawa to Guam will be steadily implemented.The relocation to Guam is dependent on tangible progress made by the Government of Japan toward completion of the replacement facility. The U.S. side will examine the unit composition of III MEF personnel remaining on Okinawa in the context of overall theater security, including deterrence, while accounting for the concerns of local communities.
• 両政府は,2009年2月17日のグアム協定に従い,III MEFの要員約8000人及びその家族約9000人の沖縄からグアムへの移転が着実に実施されることを確認した。このグアムへの移転は,代替の施設の完成に向けての日本政府による具体的な進展にかかっている。米側は,地元の懸念に配慮しつつ,抑止力を含む地域の安全保障全般の文脈において,沖縄に残留するIII MEFの要員の部隊構成を検討する。

Facilitation of the Return of Facilities and Areas South of Kadena
• 嘉手納以南の施設・区域の返還の促進

The two sides confirmed that the return of facilities and areas south of Kadena will be steadily implemented in accordance with the Realignment Roadmap. In addition, the two sides decided that the "Industrial Corridor" of Camp Zukeran (Camp Foster) and a part of Makiminato Service Area (Camp Kinser) are priority areas for early return. • 両政府は,嘉手納以南の施設・区域の返還が,「再編の実施のための日米ロードマップ」に従って着実に実施されることを確認した。加えて,両政府は,キャンプ瑞慶覧(キャンプ・フォスター)の「インダストリアル・コリドー」及び牧港補給地区(キャンプ・キンザー)の一部が早期返還における優先分野であることを決定した。

Noise Reduction at Kadena
• 嘉手納の騒音軽減

The two sides affirmed their commitment to further noise reduction at Kadena through such measures as expansion of both bilateral and unilateral training outside of Okinawa, including improvements to the aviation training relocation program, and steady implementation of the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) Final Report.
• 両政府は,航空訓練移転プログラムの改善を含む沖縄県外における二国間及び単独の訓練の拡充,沖縄に関する特別行動委員会(SACO)の最終報告の着実な実施等の措置を通じた,嘉手納における更なる騒音軽減への決意を確認した。

Communication and Cooperation with Communities in Okinawa
• 沖縄の自治体との意思疎通及び協力

The two sides affirmed their intention to intensify communication with communities in Okinawa on issues of concern related to the presence of U.S. forces. The two sides committed to explore cooperation in such areas as information technology initiatives, cultural exchanges, education programs and research partnerships.
• 両政府は,米軍のプレゼンスに関連する諸問題について,沖縄の自治体との意思疎通を強化する意図を確認した。両政府は,ITイニシアチブ,文化交流,教育プログラム,研究パートナーシップ等の分野における協力を探究することを決意した。

As part of the effort to deepen security cooperation, the SCC members emphasized the importance of ensuring a shared understanding of the regional security environment and the role of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in advancing common strategic objectives. Toward this end, the SCC members committed to intensify the ongoing bilateral security dialogue. This security dialogue will address traditional security threats, as well as focus on new areas for cooperation.

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