Relocating US Marines on the Japanese island is a political hot potato that has been tossed before.
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Not necessarily. And even if the move goes ahead, Friday’s announcement is likely to mark another phase of a controversy that has lasted nearly two decades.
Ever since Tokyo and Washington agreed in 1996 to move the Marine base from Futenma, located in the heart of the city of Ginowan, to the seaside village of Henoko, the plan has been stymied by opposition from the people and government of Okinawa, the southern island that is home to most US troops in Japan.