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Regarding the April 9 article “U.S. defense chief says new guidelines will ‘transform’ U.S.-Japan alliance”: The stronger Tokyo and Washington say the Japan-U.S. alliance must be, the more viciously Okinawa will have to take the brunt of it all.

The central government has repeatedly said Futenma must be relocated to Henoko, a less populated area in northern Okinawa for two reasons: One is to eliminate the danger Futenma poses to the densely populated residential area where it is located, and the other is to maintain the deterrence the U.S. Marines provide by being deployed in Okinawa (which many pundits regard as not so important).

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