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Left: Okinawans hold Japanese flags as they cross Kokusai Dori, "International Street," in Naha on May 15, 1972. Right: The same street in 2022. (Photo by Nikkei)

In pictures: Okinawa's return to Japan, 50 years later

Relocation of American air base remains hot-button issue for southern island prefecture

Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- After decades under U.S. government administration, Okinawa formally reverted to Japanese control on May 15, 1972.

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