Okinawa Gov. Masahide Ota hinted Friday that he may approve a national government plan to construct a sea-based heliport off Nago.

He indicated as much after he met with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto in Tokyo. During the talks, Hashimoto urged Ota to take more positive steps toward achieving the heliport plan. Hashimoto told Ota that the central government wants more cooperation from the prefectural government in the heliport plan, which is to take over the major functions of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, in the central part of Okinawa Island.

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