Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Sunday, March 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 55° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

U.S. Won’t Reduce Troops In Japan

By Compiled From Wire Services

Defense Secretary William J. Perry said here Wednesday that the United States has no plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Japan, despite a groundswell of local opposition that began in September with the rape of an Okinawan schoolgirl in which three U.S. servicemen have been charged.

Perry, who said his remarks were a “preview” of what President Clinton will say when he arrives here in three weeks, said that some “adjustments” could be made to “reduce the intrusiveness” of the 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan. He said possible measures include consolidation and elimination of some of the 94 installations the United States operates here.

But in an hour-long address to Japanese journalists, Perry repeatedly said that the Japanese must understand that some inconvenience to them may be unavoidable because the U.S.-Japan security alliance “does not come without cost; freedom is not free.” During the Clinton visit, U.S. officials hope Japan will “renew its commitment to U.S. troops,” Perry said.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

Asking the right questions of your CBD company

Bluegrass Hemp Oil in Spokane Valley offers a variety of products that can be very effective for helping with some health conditions. (Courtesy BHO)

If you are like most CBD (cannabidiol) curious consumers, you’ve heard CBD can help with many ailments.