• Kyodo


Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba on Saturday promised Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima that he would push for the early return of land used for five U.S. military facilities to the prefecture during bilateral negotiations on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

Nakaima told reporters after the talks that public opposition to American bases in Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan, could change “if the central government moves to resolve the long-standing issue and produces results.”

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