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NAGO, Okinawa Pref. (Kyodo) Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa on Saturday inspected the coastal part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, the place where Futenma Air Station is scheduled to be moved to, and said he was eager to take a new approach to the issue “as soon as possible.”

Kitazawa, who arrived in Okinawa Friday, told reporters after meeting with Nago Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro that he will urgently discuss how to approach the Futenma transfer with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada.

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