December 27, 2013
Japanese officials in Okinawa have approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base. The breakthrough could remove a sore spot in relations between Tokyo and Washington.
Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima gave the go-ahead Friday (27.12.2013) for land reclamation to begin for a new US military base, an issue that has been deadlocked for years.
But the decision is likely to spark renewed protests from Okinawans fed up with playing host to an outsized share of the US military presence in Japan.