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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration appears poised to take a stronger stance on a planned U.S. base relocation within Okinawa Prefecture following Sunday’s prefectural assembly election.

In the election, Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki’s camp, which is opposed to the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air base to the Henoko coastal area, narrowly maintained its majority in the assembly, while Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party increased its share.

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