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Tokyo to make military base plan ‘inevitable’ in Okinawa

2018-06-09 09:53:49       source:The Asahi Shimbun

June 8, 2018

The government in August plans to enter a point of no return in building a new U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture while taking the contentious issue off the table for the governor’s election.

In mid-August at the earliest, the central government will start dumping dirt and sand into the sea area off the Henoko district of Nago in the prefecture in a reclamation project for the new air base.

The base will take over the functions of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is now located in Ginowan in the prefecture.

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