Okinawa Nears a Grim Anniversary

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TOKYO: Tensions over U.S. military bases in Okinawa are rising once again as the one-year anniversary of the rape of a Japanese schoolgirl by three U.S. servicemen nears. About 3,000 landowners are refusing to renew their leases with the U.S. military, leading to a court battle between the ruling government and Okinawa's Governor Masahide Ota. On Monday, Japan's Supreme Court, as expected, upheld the government policy of forcing landowners to lease land to the U.S. military. Outside the court, dozens of anti-base demonstrators protested the ruling, while others from the right wing -->