A Japanese Itch That Won’t Go Away…

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The Okinawan city of Ginowan is swallowing up the Marines' Futenma air base / Google

The fate of Futenma Air Station on Okinawa remains a thorn between the U.S. military and its Japanese hosts. As the city of Ginowan has grown up around the base, locals have been pushing to have it moved. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, now in Japan, agrees, but the push has been underway for 16 years. Larry Shaughnessy over at CNN’s Security Clearance blog brings us up-to-date on the latest back-and-forthing.