Relocation of Marine base on Okinawa wins local approval; U.S. hails step as ‘milestone’

By Chico Harlan, Ernesto Londoño, December 27, 2013

SEOUL — For nearly two decades, fierce local opposition has stalled a plan to relocate a controversial U.S. Marine base on the island of Okinawa. But on Friday, Japan’s hawkish prime minister persuaded Okinawa’s governor to sign off on the construction of a replacement facility — a step that was hailed in Washington as a diplomatic breakthrough.

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