The Okinawa Prefectural Government officially accepted a central government request August 1 to conduct borings at a site off Nago on the east coast of Okinawa Island as part of a survey for a sea-based U.S. military heliport facility, prefectural officials said.

Jiro Hagi, the Defense Facilities Administration Agency chief, said August 1 that his agency will complete the survey, part of a feasibility study, at 11 points by the end of this month off Camp Schwab, a U.S. Marine Corps base. The agency also plans to finish test borings and studies of tidal and wave effects at four other, deeper points by the end of October, Hagi said.

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