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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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