Okinawa governor gives go-ahead for new US base

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This Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 photo, shows Henoko of Nago city on southern Japanese islands of Okinawa. Okinawan Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima signed off Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, on the long-awaited relocation of a U.S. military base, a major step toward allowing the U.S. to move forward with plans to consolidate its troops in Okinawa and move some to Guam. Nakaima approved the Japanese government's application to reclaim land for a new base in Henoko, which would replace the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma, a more congested part of Okinawa's main island, Japanese media reported. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

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The governor of Okinawa gave the go-ahead Friday for land reclamation to begin for a new U.S. military base, advancing the effort to consolidate the massive U.S. troop presence on the southern Japanese island but also making protests from residents likely.

Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima approved the Japanese Defense Ministry's application to reclaim land for the base on Okinawa's coast to replace the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma, a more congested part of Okinawa's main island. (AP)

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