The national government’s headquarters for relocating the U.S. Marines Futenma Air Station set up on Sept. 30 a local branch in Okinawa to win support from local residents for construction of a sea-based facility in Nago, northern Okinawa Prefecture.

The facility is to be built off the east coast of Nago, also the site of the U.S. Marines Camp Schwab, according to the final report on the Special Action Committee on Okinawa released last December. The decision to open the new office was unanimous, according to a senior Defense Agency official. It came during the second meeting of the Futenma relocation headquarters, which is headed by Defense Agency chief Fumio Kyuma and consists of officials from his agency and other government offices.

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