MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — MG Plaza — a new shopping mall that’s been built outside the front gate here — will open Saturday, according to Misawa City Chamber of Commerce officials.

A two-day festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday to celebrate the opening.

The first 200 visitors Saturday and Sunday will receive free gifts, and bands will entertain visitors.

The plaza is part of a $72 million project to revitalize the shopping district outside the base and attract tourists.

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