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Defense Agency Director General Fukushiro Nukaga said late Sunday in Kuwait City that he intends to visit Okinawa in the latter half of August as part of efforts to implement the bilateral agreement on the U.S. military realignment in Japan.

Nukaga made the remarks to reporters traveling with him to Kuwait.

The Okinawa trip is believed to be aimed at setting up a path toward realizing the realignment plans that were finalized by the Japanese and U.S. governments in early May.

Continued opposition by the prefectural government has delayed the establishment of a consultative body comprising the central government, Okinawa and related municipal governments over relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture.

Gov. Keiichi Inamine has not supported the plan to move the base in Ginowan to a new airfield to be built by 2014 at Camp Schwab and a new filled-in stretch along its coastline in Nago, which is farther north and less densely populated.

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