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The central government on Sept. 2 set up an exclusive headquarters at the Defense Agency to facilitate the relocation of the U.S. Marines’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, according to defense chief Fumio Kyuma.

The headquarters, headed by Kyuma and consisting of 10 officials from relevant government offices, will act as a liaison office to deal with the construction of an alternative site as well as economic promotion measures in connection with the relocation and utilization of the prospective vacant lot at Futenma. To enhance close cooperation with local governments concerned, the government will also establish a local headquarters in Okinawa Prefecture.

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