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General Call for Iwakuni Airport Nick Names to Increase Name Recognition as Air Base Transitions to Joint Civilian Control

General Call for Iwakuni Airport Nick Names to Increase Name Recognition as Air Base Transitions to Joint Civilian Control

Iwakuni Air Staion will open as a civilian airport.

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The Iwakuni Air Station Civilian Airport Promotion Committee based in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture is making a general call for nick names to give Iwakuni Airport upon its (re)opening as Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni transitions to joint civilian control.

Under government policy adopted in 2009, it was decided that the air station will reopen as a civilian airport during fiscal 2012. The Japanese and U.S. governments have agreed to allow the operation of civilian aircraft making four round-trip flights a day from the air station. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) has already announced its intent to open a route to Haneda. Preparations including the construction of the civilian airport's facilities are now underway. The committee, which was formed by the City of Iwakuni and other organizations, has decided to give the airport a moniker that will increase its name recognition and make it more familiar among travelers.

Names being sought are those that can promote the region across Japan while being easy to remember and likeable. They must be original and as yet unpublicized ideas using kanji, hiragana or katakana. Anyone in Japan can submit a name. The submission process can be checked at the City of Iwakuni's website and the submission deadline is November 19.

The top prize winner will be rewarded with 30,000 yen worth of local products and two runner-ups will receive 10,000 yen worth. The winning name will be used across-the-board for promoting the new airport as it develops.

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