Okinawa Orders Halt to Marine Base Work Before Abe’s U.S. Visit

March 24, 2015 3:33 AM

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(Bloomberg) -- The governor of Okinawa ordered the suspension of work on an offshore extension of a U.S. base on the southern Japanese island, in a move that could complicate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the U.S. next month.

Work on the extension to make way for the transfer of the U.S. Futenma air base from the center of a crowded city must stop within a week because of suspected damage to coral, Governor Takeshi Onaga told reporters in comments carried by national broadcaster NHK. Onaga said that if the Defense Agency...

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