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Iwakuni Mayor Katsusuke Ihara urged Tokyo again Thursday to withdraw the planned relocation of U.S. carrier-borne aircraft to his city after a majority of residents voted “no” on the move in a plebiscite Sunday.

“I’ve come to tell (the government) to seriously take to heart the plebiscite results as they reflect the residents’ will,” Ihara said, calling the plan “unacceptable” and “burdensome” to the local community.

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