Okinawa

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Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

Takeshi Onaga (centre) and his supporters celebrate his election as Okinwas governor. He has promised to block construction of a US military base backed by Tokyo and Washington. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

With his strained, unsmiling features beneath a salt-and-pepper toupee, Takeshi Onaga inspires unexpected passions. As news arrives that he has won th(...)

Up in arms: a rally denouncing the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa recently. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

During the recent St Patrick’s Day celebrations, parallels weres drawn between the island of Ireland and Okinawa – an island where people have (...)

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