The Moment


Perhaps because local soccer team FC Ryukyu's poor performance last season earned them a yellow card from fans, 90,000 protesters on Okinawa also decided to borrow from the sport. By adopting yellow as its color, the largest rally on the island in years sent a warning to Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama for his inertia over the U.S.'s Futenma airbase. The huge area taken up by Futenma and other bases in Okinawa — home to some 25,000 U.S. troops — has made them unpopular, as have crimes such as rapes and robberies committed by service members against locals. In...

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