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US Officials: 2019 Closure of Futenma Air Station in Japan 'Fanciful Speculation'

The U.S. government has raised objections to Japan’s insistence that it close a key U.S. military base in Okinawa by 2019. Those with knowledge of talks in Tokyo on October 2 say U.S. officials made clear to their Japanese counterparts that a deadline to close the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station before 2022 was "fanciful speculation." A congressional report says a U.S.-Japan joint planning document indicated in 2013 that a replacement base in Henoko would not be...

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