Webb said the latest proposal from the senators doesn't amount to a simple merger. Rather, it would involve the U.S. air force dispersing its Kadena operations to other areas, including Guam, and moving the marines' aviation unit in Futenma to Kadena. He urged the two governments to consider the proposal.
"I happen to believe . . . that there is a better approach that we could take on Okinawa that would be less costly, more timely and could have less of a burden on the people of Okinawa," he said.
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