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Japan and the United States agreed last month that major repairs are necessary at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture to keep the base usable for years to come, according to several sources.

With the plan to move the base farther north in the prefecture stalled by local opposition, the odds are high that the U.S. Marines will have to stay at the base in the crowded city of Ginowan for the indefinite future, the sources said Saturday.

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