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Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. In the last year, protests against U.S. bases and demands by Governor Takeshi Onaga to reduce the American military presence have put Okinawa at odds with the position of the leadership in Tokyo to strengthen the Japan-U.S. military alliance. That has made Okinawa a focal point for opponents of Tokyo’s defense policies. For...

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