Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki has clarified his intention to hold a referendum over the relocation of a key U.S. military base within the prefecture on Feb. 24 as planned — even without the participation of five municipalities whose assemblies have not approved related budgets.

He clarified his stance in talks with reporters on Friday after holding a meeting earlier in the day with officials of the Social Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party, both members of the ruling camp in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly.

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