• Kyodo


President Barack Obama hinted when he met Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama last Friday in Tokyo that he might agree to a request to have a planned U.S. Marine Corps replacement airstrip built a bit farther away from a populated area, sources said.

Obama said the 2006 agreement to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma should be completed, but it might be possible to respond favorably to a request by the Okinawa Prefectural Government to move the two-runway airstrip to be built in Nago, northern Okinawa Island, some 50 meters farther out on the cape they are expected to straddle.

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