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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s coalition government said Friday it will stick to its initial pledge to review plans to relocate U.S. forces within Okinawa, backtracking on earlier comments.

On Friday morning, four Cabinet ministers dealing with the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, met to discuss how the government can reconcile the demands of local residents, who want the facility moved outside the prefecture, with those of Washington officials hoping to keep it there.

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