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Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga announced Monday that he has formally notified the central government he is taking steps to revoke permission for landfill work related to the plan to build a new U.S. Marine Corps facility off Henoko in Nago.

The move, though not unexpected, now makes a protracted legal battle between Okinawa and the central government likely, creating further questions about when, or even if, the replacement facility for the Futenma base will be completed.

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