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Japan PM scraps plan to move US base from Okinawa

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Published: 4th May 2010 06:51:03

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said it will not be feasible to entirely remove a controversial US base from the island of Okinawa.

The US Marines' Futenma is deeply unpopular with Japanese and removing it had been a key election pledge of Mr Hatoyama's.

But on a visit to the island, Mr Hatoyama said "realistically speaking, it is impossible" to fully relocate it.

The base is home to more than half the 47,000 American troops based in Japan.

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