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Defense Agency Chief Fumio Kyuma visited Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday to unveil blueprints for a sea-based heliport off Nago, northern Okinawa Island, in a last-ditch effort to win local support for the plan.

The heliport is to take over the major functions of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan in the central part of the island. With the Nago Municipal Government planning a plebiscite for Dec. 21 to put the heliport plan to a vote, Kyuma’s visit to the prefecture was considered crucial to convince local residents of the sea-based facility’s safety.

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