Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima continues to call for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, in central Okinawa, to be relocated outside the prefecture despite growing pressure to OK a project to fill in coastal areas in the Henoko district of Nago to accommodate the planned replacement airstrip’s runways.

Meanwhile in Nago, which will have a mayoral election Jan. 19, two candidates advocating the replacement base failed to agree to merge their campaigns, creating concern in Tokyo that the incumbent, Susumu Inamine, 68, who opposes the plan, will be re-elected.

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