Naha- Okinawa Prefecture marked 50 years since its return to Japan from U.S. rule on Sunday as residents’ frustrations continue over a weak local economy and ubiquitous U.S. military bases despite decades of protests.
Senior central and prefectural government officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Governor Denny Tamaki, are expected to attend a commemoration ceremony held at a convention center near US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, whose the proximity to a densely populated area has made it a symbol of the burden long borne by the people of Okinawa.
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