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Marine Corps Air Station Futenma

Published 11:20 AM ET, Fri December 27, 2013
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An aerial view of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima approved landfill work on December 27 to relocate the controversial U.S. military base, breaking 17 years of stagnation on the base's transfer plan, the government of Okinawa said Friday. Kyodo /Landov
Hundreds of protesters stage a rally opposing the approval of the relocation in the lobby of Okinawa prefecture's government building in Naha on Friday, December 27. The Futenma air base, which is in a highly populated area, has been unpopular with the island's residents because of crimes committed by U.S. military personnel and allegations against them in the past. Kyodo News/ap
Japan-based Marines board an aircraft for areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan hit in the Philippines at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on November 10. HITOSHI MAESHIRO/epa/LANDOV
MV-22 Osprey aircraft head for the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station on August 12, as the U.S. military resumed transport of Ospreys from the Iwakuni base after a fatal helicopter crash. Kyodo /Landov
An Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft flies over Ginowan on August 3, heading for the Futenma Air Station for additional deployment. The stagnation of the relocation issue has been a thorn in the side of relations between Tokyo and Washington since 1996, when the two governments agreed on the original plan to move the base. Kyodo /Landov
A U.S. Marine Corps' MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is seen through the window of another Osprey at Futenma on August 3. HITOSHI MAESHIRO/epa/LANDOV
Two Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft land at Futenma for additional deployment on August 3. Kyodo /Landov
An evening view of Futenma on April 5. Kyodo /Landov
An area off the shore of the Henoko district of Nago, northern Okinawa. Nakaima approved the Japanese government's application to reclaim land for a new base in Henoko, which would replace the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma, a more congested part of Okinawa's main island, Japanese media reported. Kyodo /Landov