The U.S. wants to move its fleet of KC-130 aerial refueling tankers based in Okinawa Prefecture to the Marine Corps’ base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, instead of the Maritime Self-Defense Force base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, as currently planned, it was learned Sunday.

According to sources, Tokyo has already replied that it is opposed to the idea. Moving the planes, which provide in-air refueling, to Kanoya from Futenma Air Station in central Okinawa was included in an interim report on U.S. military realignment in Japan that was agreed to by the two governments in October.

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