Okinawa approves relocation of US airbase in Japan
TOKYO (AFP) - Okinawan officials on Friday approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base, the defence ministry said, a breakthrough that looks set to remove a decades-long source of friction between Tokyo and Washington.
Local bureaucrats signed a document that gives the greenlight to a landfill, paving the way for the construction of a new base on the coast.
The defence ministry's Okinawa bureau confirmed that it received the document, which bore the governor's seal, from local government officials.
"The office received the document at 10:50 am (9:50 am Singapore time). It was approved," said an official of the ministry's branch office on Okinawa.