Okinawa families protest US military base plans
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Protesters in Okinawa vented anger at the planned relocation of a US military base from Futema to Japan's southernmost prefecture. Holding signs critical of the base, US foreign policy and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, protesters chanted slogans and waved placards including one depicting the country's leader as a zombie. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga recently held talks with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita, demanding the base be built outside his prefecture. The US military have been stationed in Okinawa since the end of World War II and currently possess around 26,000 troops in the area.