Japan's Okinawa orders halt to US military base work

March 23, 2015 8:56 AM

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Japan's Okinawa orders halt to US military base work

TOKYO: The governor of Okinawa Monday ordered a halt to construction of a controversial U.S. military base, in the latest twist in a saga that has riven southern Japan for decades.

Setting up a new clash between the central government in Tokyo and the independently minded semi-tropical island chain, Takeshi Onaga told a news conference he could revoke a drilling permit if the defense ministry does not comply with his order.

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