Protests in Okinawa against US air base


April 25, 2010

Tens of thousands of people rallied on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa Sunday to protest a US air base there. The prefecture’s governor as well as most of the mayors took part, asking the Prime Minister to make good on his promise to move the Futema Marine Corps Air Station off the island.

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CNN iReport


CNN’s iReporter LeahJay posted a video with pictures of today’s protest in Okinawa.

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90,000 Protest U.S. Base on Okinawa


Martin Fackler
The New York Times
April 25, 2010

More than 90,000 Okinawans rallied Sunday to oppose the relocation of an American air base on their island, adding to the pressure on Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to resolve an issue that has divided Tokyo and Washington.

The demonstrators, in one of the largest protests on the southern Japanese island in years, demanded that Mr. Hatoyama scrap a 2006 agreement with the United States to move the Futenma United States Marine air station to a different site on Okinawa. Many of the protesters wore yellow to signal they were giving Mr. Hatoyama a yellow card, or warning, for appearing to waver on election promises to move the busy base off Okinawa altogether.

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Yahoo News has a photo slideshow on their web site. The slideshow and links to reporting on the April 25th Okinawa Protest can be found here.


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