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Okinawa governor's pink shirt gift to Abe briefly lightens tensions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, far right, hold up their gifts from Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, second from left, at the prime minister's office on June 1, 2017. (Mainichi)

Despite ongoing tensions over the relocation of a United States air base within Okinawa Prefecture, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga shared a lighthearted moment over a pink shirt.

    The governor made a visit to the prime minister's office on June 1 and gave Prime Minister Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga Okinawan summer formal attire called "kariyushi wear." The prime minister received a long-sleeve pink shirt.

    "Apparently you look gentler when you wear pink," Abe said, adding, "You chose such a wonderful color for me."

    While the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the central government continue to battle over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the pink shirt gift lightened the mood for a moment.

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