Okinawa acknowledges receipt of report on U.S. base relocation

January 5, 2012 11:58 pm 

NAHA, Japan, Jan. 5 — Okinawa Prefecture on Thursday acknowledged receipt of a key report related to the controversial relocation of a U.S. Marine base within the prefecture.

Delivering the environmental impact assessment report on the relocation to the prefectural government drew public attention late last year after protestors blocked the report's submission and the Defense Ministry managed to get it through by delivering it in the predawn hours when protestors were scarce.

With the official receipt dated Dec. 28, Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, who wants the Futenma base moved out of Okinawa altogether, will now have until March 27 to present his opinion, which can include asking for revisions in the report, to the central government. (PNA/Kyodo)

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