Japanese foreign minister pushes for Futenma decision by year’s end

TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada made a two-day visit to Okinawa Nov. 15 and 16 to examine the status of the planned transfer of the functions of the U.S. Marines Corps Air Station Futenma. Officials in Washington have warned that the plan to relocate 8 000 Marines and their dependents to Guam is contingent on the Futenma transfer but the U.S. has been unable to reach an agreement on the shuffling of its forces in the region with the new Japanese government . . .

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