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Japan: Hundreds protest US military base relocation

Japan, Tokyo
November 1, 2015 at 03:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Shinjiku district in Tokyo to protest against the relocation of a United States military base in Henoko, Okinawa, on Sunday.

Protesters carried banners and chanted slogans against the decision of the Japanese government to resume the construction works to relocate the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the island of Okinawa despite the opposition. Some protesters were pushed back by police officers deployed at the site.

There have been various plans for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Local opposition within Okinawa regarding the facility has so far hindered efforts to begin construction. Although the Japanese government agreed to halt construction activities temporarily in August, earlier this month the authorities overruled local Governor Takeshi Onaga's decision to rescind the permission to build the new premises approved by his predecessor.

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Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Shinjiku district in Tokyo to protest against the relocation of a United States military base in Henoko, Okinawa, on Sunday.

Protesters carried banners and chanted slogans against the decision of the Japanese government to resume the construction works to relocate the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the island of Okinawa despite the opposition. Some protesters were pushed back by police officers deployed at the site.

There have been various plans for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Local opposition within Okinawa regarding the facility has so far hindered efforts to begin construction. Although the Japanese government agreed to halt construction activities temporarily in August, earlier this month the authorities overruled local Governor Takeshi Onaga's decision to rescind the permission to build the new premises approved by his predecessor.

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