Battle for Okinawa: Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases

February 2, 2015 1:33 AM

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NAGO, Japan (Reuters) - Japan's Okinawa, a chain of tropical islands more than three hours southwest of Tokyo by plane, looks and feels almost like a different country. A growing number of islanders say it should be just that.

Perennial anger over Okinawa's hosting of tens of thousands of U.S. troops has flared to a new level after the election of an anti-base governor and lawmakers late last year - victories that have been all but ignored by those in power in Tokyo.

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