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The United States urged Japan on Friday to come to a decision on the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture by Dec. 18, according to visiting House of Representatives lawmaker Mikio Shimoji.

U.S. officials told Shimoji that if Tokyo’s decision is in line with the existing bilateral accord, Washington is ready to move some training programs in Okinawa to another U.S. base in Shizuoka Prefecture to reduce the burden on Okinawans, according to an official traveling with Shimoji.

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