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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga went to Okinawa on Wednesday for talks with local leaders, seeking their acceptance of the plan to replace the U.S. Futenma base with a new airstrip to be built in the prefecture while offering aid to support local economic development.

Suga met with Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, explaining to him the central government’s plan to commemorate April 28, the day Japan recovered its sovereignty under a 1952 peace treaty following its defeat in World War II, although Okinawa was forced to remain under U.S. control for another 20 years, and thus regards the date as a “day of insult.”

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