Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says ‘open’ to Ideas on Japan Base

The head of the US military said Thursday he was open to ideas on resolving a long-running row with Japan over bases after three senators called the two governments’ agreement infeasible.

"I think we need to be as open as we possibly can to solutions now," Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a breakfast with reporters.

Senators Carl Levin, John McCain and Jim Webb last month called for the United States to rethink base realignment plans in East Asia due to political opposition in Japan and cost overruns in both Japan and South Korea.

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