Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to a reporter about suspend work on moving a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa, at his official residence in Tokyo Friday, March 4, 2016. (Kazunari Fujikake/Kyodo News via AP)
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he has decided to temporarily suspend preliminary work on moving a Marine Corps base on Okinawa and talk about the contentious relocation plan.Abe said that his government is accepting a court proposal not to force the reclamation work over Okinawa's objections.Then the central government sued to reverse the order, to which Okinawa counter-sued, seeking a court injunction.Abe said he wants to avoid leaving the situation deadlocked "for years to come, a development that nobody wants to see".He said his government will proceed with talks with Okinawa "toward an amicable settlement" under the court's proposal.
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