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TOKYO — The Tokyo and Okinawa governments concluded a two-day meeting Friday on the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to waters off Camp Schwab.

During the session, Okinawa Gov. Keiichi Inamine thanked Tokyo for assuming the entire cost of the new joint-use airport, estimated to be more than $3 billion, according to a press release by the prefectural government.

The release said Inamine gave assurances to Tokyo of his support for an environmental assessment, a necessary procedure for the national government to build the airport.

Inamine, however, reminded the panel about his demand to limit the new airport’s use by the military to 15 years.

National government representatives, including Toshimitsu Motegi, the state minister in charge of Okinawa and northern territory affairs, did not commit to Inamine’s demand.

Defense Facilities Administration Agency officials informed the panel that an additional water area of about 77 acres might need to be reclaimed to secure space for construction and storage, the release said. According to a master plan released by DFAA in July 2002, a new air station will be built on 480 acres of reclaimed land.

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