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Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Thursday that uncertainties remain about meeting the 2014 deadline for relocating the Futenma airfield, even though Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said that target can still be achieved.

“There are still some uncertain factors that make it difficult to say definitively (about meeting the deadline) if we are going to think about an alternative plan,” he said.

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