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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Iwakuni city officials got a first look Friday at Ministry of Defense plans to build an off-base housing complex for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

The new housing is needed for a planned transfer of an air wing from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to the Iwakuni base in 2014 as part of the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan. The project will be designed and built by the Japanese.

Parliamentary senior vice minister of defense Kazuya Shimba unveiled initial plans for about 270 officer housing units as well as sports facilities that are to include a 400-meter track and soccer field, baseball field, softball field, basketball court, volleyball court and tennis courts, according to Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda’s office.

The project is planned at Mount Atago, which was partially leveled to build a newly opened runway at the Marine Corps base.

The plans are not yet final and will be reviewed by the local government and public.

Shimba will roll out the proposal to the Iwakuni city council during a meeting on Tuesday.


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