Relocation of Marine base on Okinawa wins local approval

By Ernesto Londoño, Chico Harlan, December 27, 2013

Japan won local approval Friday to begin the relocation of a controversial U.S. Marine base on the island of Okinawa, a move that officials in Washington hailed as a major diplomatic breakthrough.

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima signed off Friday morning on plans for landfill work that will allow the Futenma Air Station to be moved to a less-populated area, according to Japan’s Kyodo News agency. A formal announcement was expected later in the day.

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