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Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Friday he plans to decide by the end of December whether to approve the start of work to fill in areas off the Henoko coast in the city of Nago for building an airstrip to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

His approval is necessary for the central government to go ahead with an agreement between Tokyo and Washington to build the replacement base for Futenma amid strong public opposition to either keeping it in place or building a substitute for it in Okinawa.

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