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Japan mayor pleads against relocation of US airbase to Nago city

Published on Feb 13, 2014 8:56 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese mayor whose city is set to be the site of a relocated US military base pleaded on Thursday for the plan to be dropped, as Tokyo and Washington push ahead with the move.

Mr Susumu Inamine, who has just been re-elected on a fiercely anti-base platform as the mayor of Nago, Okinawa, said the burden of hosting the 47,000 United States personnel based in Japan should be spread across the country.

"For 68 years since the end of the World War II, Okinawa, as the frontline prefecture of the Japan-US alliance, has been forced" to bear the bulk of responsibility, including the accidents and crimes that come with having the bases, he told reporters in Tokyo.

"This situation reflects (the Japanese government's) discrimination against Okinawa," he said.

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