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Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa on Saturday failed to bridge the gap between the central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government over the relocation of the U.S. Futenma military base.

During a meeting in Naha, Ichikawa asked Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima to accept the plan to transfer the base to the Henoko district in Nago from a densely populated area of Ginowan, but Nakaima replied that it would “simplify matters if the base was moved outside the prefecture.”

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