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Okinawa Gov. Keiichi Inamine departed Naha on Sunday for the United States to confer with top U.S. government officials on the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, central Okinawa, to another site in the prefecture.

It is Inamine’s first trip to the U.S. to discuss the bases issue since he was elected governor in December 1998, and it is mainly aimed at lobbying U.S. officials ahead of the U.S. Defense Department’s release of its quadrennial policy review report in September.

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