Japanese protesters demand withdrawal of US military presence

A huge protest is planned on Sunday in Okinawa’s capital Naha, demonstrating against the US military presence in the Japanese island prefecture. Some 50,000 protesters are expected to turn up, demanding the removal of US military bases from Okinawa and changes to the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga has confirmed his attendance at the protests, and said on Saturday that he hopes to see changes to the political structure. There is strong opposition in Okinawa to the presence of US bases, and anger has grown since the rape and murder of a local woman by a US citizen working at an American base in late April.

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