Government threatens withdrawal of local Japanese base work

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

 

TOKYO — In its latest maneuver to counter plans to transfer thousands of U.S. Marines from Futenma Air Station in central Okinawa to Camp Schwab, on the north-east coast of the prefecture, the local government is planning to withdraw approval granted by a previous governor for reclamation work to go ahead.

Approval for the reclamation of an area off the existing base was granted in December 2013 by Hirokazu Nakaima, shortly before he lost the gubernatorial election. Work on the construction of wharves and on-shore retaining . . .

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