US and Japan endorse Okinawa base plan

US and Japanese defence chiefs on Friday renewed their support for a controversial plan to relocate an American base on Japan’s Okinawa island, saying it was the most viable way forward.

After holding talks at an Asia security summit in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Japan’s Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa issued a joint statement saying "the current relocation plan is the most operationally viable and politically sustainable way forward".

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