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Transport minister Seiji Maehara assured Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita on Wednesday that his plan to turn Tokyo’s Haneda airport into a 24-hour international hub won’t detract from the government’s position that Narita airport remains the country’s main global gateway.

“I suggested to the minister that both airports be viewed in an integrated manner and that the roles of the two be divided in an efficient way,” Morita told reporters at the transport ministry after meeting with Maehara.

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