Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement on progress related to the realignment of U.S. Marines from Japan to Guam reflected by the Joint Statement of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee:


 “I am pleased that Japan and the United States have committed to a way forward for the realignment of U.S. Marines from Japan to Guam.  I support the two sides’ reaffirmation of commitments regarding a Futenma replacement facility, and I am glad to see a common-sense approach to shared objectives involving environmental, training, land use and other issues.  Today’s joint statement on these matters reaffirms the strength and vitality of the U.S.-Japan alliance at a time when North Korea’s aggression demands nothing less.  I commend the President and the Government of Japan on their efforts to further strengthen the ties between our great nations.”