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US welcomes deal on relocating air base in Japan

Planes and helicopters are seen at the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma base in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture, on April 24, 2010Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Friday praised a decision by Japanese officials to allow the relocation of a US air base in Okinawa, calling it a "milestone" for relations with Tokyo. Hagel welcomed the approval of the long-delayed move of the US Marine Corps base, which he said would permit a redeployment of American forces in the area and bolster Washington's strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific region.