US military base at center of Japanese controversy

Photo courtesy: MGN Online
Photo courtesy: MGN Online

Japanese officials are at odds over what to do with a U.S. base located on Okinawa Island.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary met with Okinawa's governor Wednesday.

Japan's government wants Okinawa to accept a U.S.-Japan deal to relocate an American marine base from a crowded city to a less populated area.

But Okinawans insist the base move entirely off the island.

The southern island has hosted most of the American forces in Japan since world war two.

The remaining U.S. bases in Japan have drawn criticism from residents who point to rising crime rates, environmental damage and noise.