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NAGO, Okinawa Pref. — This sleepy northern Okinawa city is gearing up to hold the first plebiscite in the nation on allowing the introduction of a U.S. military base, and the campaigns for and against the planned U.S. Marine Corps offshore heliport are getting heated.

The facility will be adjacent to the U.S. Marines Corps Camp Schwab, situated in the Henoko district, and would take over key functions of the Futenma Air Station in Ginowan. The Futenma base is to be relocated from its central Okinawa Island location in accordance with an agreement made last December by the Japan-U.S. special action committee.

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