Tokyo overturns Okinawa's ban on US base relocation work

Demonstrators protest against resuming work on a US base in Henoko, in Japan's southern island of OkinawaThe Japanese government Tuesday overturned a move by Okinawa’s governor to stop work on a US base relocation site, marking the latest fight in a long-running battle over the controversial project. The proposal to move the Futenma air base, first mooted in 1996, has become the focus of anger among locals, who insist it should be shut and a replacement built elsewhere in Japan or overseas. Earlier this month, outspoken Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga revoked approval for work on the base in Japan’s southernmost island chain.

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