Japanese and United States officials held working-level talks on Asian security generally, and U.S. bases?
Japanese and United States officials held working-level talks on Asian security generally, and U.S. bases in Japan specifically, when they met in Tokyo on Tuesday (May 29).
The talks relating to U.S. bases in Japan are the continuing bilateral talks programme set up in May, 1967, to discuss the future of the United States' military presence in Japan. The last round of talks on the subject -- the seventh -- was held nearly three years ago.
The main U.S. military presence in Japan is on the Island of Okinawa, which was officially handed back to Japan last year after being taken in World War Two. But it still has a large number of U.S. bases, and is still used extensively as a training and exercise area.
The U.S. delegates at Tuesday's talks included the Ambassador to Japan, Robert Ingersoll; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Richard Sneider, and the Commander of the United States Forces in Japan, General Robert E. Parsley. The Japanese team was led by Vice Foreign Minister Shinaaku Hogen, and included the Chief of the Japanese mission to the United Nations, Umeo Kagei.