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The government said Monday it has agreed to buy an uninhabited island in Kagoshima Prefecture with an eye to letting the U.S. military use it for takeoff and landing practice.

The ¥16 billion ($146 million) acquisition of 8-sq.-km Mage Island will pave the way for relocating the practice site for U.S. carrier-borne fighters from Iwo Jima.

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