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Okinawa marks 50 years since reversion from U.S. rule as bases remain

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during the ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- The southern island prefecture of Okinawa on Sunday marked 50 years since its reversion to Japan from U.S. rule as residents' frustrations continue over a weak local economy and the ongoing presence of U.S. military bases despite decades of protest.

At a commemoration ceremony held near a major U.S. military base on the island, Gov. Denny Tamaki urged the central government to undertake "sincere efforts" to make Okinawa "an island of peace," saying that mutual goal made at the time of reversion remains unfulfilled.

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