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When it comes to deterrence, Okinawa sits in the right place

Two experts weigh in on Japanese prefecture's modern strategic significance

A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducts a military drill on Miyako Island, Okinawa prefecture,   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- As Okinawa looks back on 50 years of its return to Japan, the country's southernmost prefecture comprised of 160 islands once again finds itself thrust into the global security spotlight.

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