Abe, Okinawa Gov. Tamaki Remain Apart over U.S. Base Relocation

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki remained apart over a planned U.S. military base relocation within the southern Japan prefecture, at their meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Tamaki demanded that the central government seek an alternative plan to the relocation of the Marine Corps' Futenma air base, currently in a densely populated district in Ginowan, to the Henoko coastal area of Nago.

But Abe expressed hope for understanding from the prefecture side for his administration's stance of proceeding with the relocation work under the plan agreed with the United States.

The Abe-Tamaki meeting, the second since the new governor was elected in late September, came after the two sides agreed early this month to hold month-long talks on the base issue.

"The prime minister seemed intending to end the talks today, for the time being," Tamaki told reporters later on Wednesday.

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