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OSAKA — The U.S. ambassador to Japan on Wednesday urged voters in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, opposed to the realignment of the U.S. forces to put national and regional needs ahead of local concerns.

Thomas Schieffer, speaking at a news conference in Osaka, said the March 12 plebiscite on whether to host U.S. carrier-borne aircraft is a positive sign of democracy, but added voters need to consider the big picture.

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