NAHA, Okinawa Pref. — Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada may have wanted a breakthrough on the thorny issue of where to relocate the Futenma airfield in Okinawa when he revived in late October the previously rejected idea of incorporating it into the nearby Kadena air base.

But consolidating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma with Kadena is not gaining traction, thanks to strong local resistance that was on prominent display during Okada’s recent two-day visit to Okinawa.

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