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Vol. 74/No. 18      May 10, 2010

90,000 protest U.S. base in Okinawa

More than 90,000 people rallied April 25 on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, demanding removal of the U.S. Marine Futenma air base there. The demonstrators called for scrapping a 2006 agreement between Washington and Tokyo to move U.S. military operations from the base, located in a densely populated urban area of Okinawa, to a new base to be constructed by 2014 in a rural coastal area of the island. More than half of the 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan are on Okinawa.


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