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The Liberal Democratic Party has effectively put on hold a set of government measures to promote economic development in Okinawa Prefecture.

The move, apparently to protest Okinawa Gov. Masahide Ota’s opposition to a heliport project for the U.S. military, came Thursday. At a meeting of two LDP panels in charge of Okinawa-related issues, preliminary approval was given to a government-proposed amendment of an existing law for economic promotion and development of the island prefecture.

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