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Japan govt takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation

Residents protest against the construction of a US military base in Nago, on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, on November 17, 2015Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new US military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island. The lawsuit comes amid a long-running drama between Tokyo, keen to satisfy security ally the United States, and Okinawa, where frustration over a seven-decade American military presence is rife. Pacifist sentiments run high on the island that accounts for less than one percent of Japan’s total land area but hosts about 75 percent of US military facilities in the country.

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