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>> Thousands of people in Okinawa showing their anger at the continued presence of the US military. Tensions heightened by the arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman.>>
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> I want the US military to leave Japan entirely.>> Sunday’s demonstration, one of the biggest in 20 years of opposition to the Okinawa US base.
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Among the crowd, a Japanese woman who studied in America.>> The slogans are, get the bases out of here, but I don’t think it’s that simple. I think making sure that the responsibility of the soldiers if they do commit a crime, that has to be weighed in the same gravity as a Japanese person who commits that same crime.
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>> There are 50,000 US citizens in Okinawa, most of them working at the military base. Mass protests started in 1996 after the rape of a 12-year-old girl, by three servicemen. Okinawa's the site of some of the bloodiest fighting between the US and Japanese forces in World War II, around a fifth of its land is still controlled by the US.