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Japan PM visits Okinawa over US military base move | AFP

TOKYO — Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda flew to Okinawa Sunday on a tough mission to persuade local islanders into accepting a plan to move a controversial US military base to another part of the island.

On his first visit to the subtropical island chain in the East China Sea since taking office last September, Noda was due to meet Okinawa’s governor Hirokazu Nakaima on Monday.

But Nakaima has already vowed to reject the long-stalled plan as he demanded the base — the Futenma marine corps air station — be moved out of Okinawa to help reduce a huge US military presence there.

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