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US Marine base can stay: Japan

JAPAN'S new government moved yesterday to defuse a deepening rift with Washington over the future of a major United States Marine airfield, saying it supports keeping the sprawling base on the southern island of Okinawa, although in a less populated area.

Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said that moving the base -- now located in the crowded city of Futenma -- off of tiny Okinawa "is not an option."


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