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Protest leader Hiroji Yamashiro. Law professor Lawrence Repeta   calls his repeat arrests “a shocking display of raw government power”. Photograph: Richard Atrero de Guzman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

For two decades, a group of mainly elderly people has fought a war of attrition with Japanese authorities over the building of a huge American militar(...)

Protesters hold placards that read: “US marines, withdraw” during a protest rally against the presence of US military bases on Okinawa island. Photograph: Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP

Tens of thousands of people on Okinawa have protested against the presence of US military bases on the Japanese island. Many wore black to mourn the(...)