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The central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government are now in an apparent cold war.

Despite repeated visits and requests from Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Ongata, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have refused to meet the governor, who was elected in November by opposing Abe’s plan to keep U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture.

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