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    Okinawa Files Lawsuit Against Tokyo Over US Military Base Relocation

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    The authority for the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa filed a lawsuit on Friday against the central government of Japan over attempts to relocate a US military base in the region.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) —  In November, Japanese Minister of Land Keiichi Ishii filed a lawsuit against Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, after the latter refused to fulfill Tokyo's recommendations on the relocation of a US base from Okinawa's highly-populated district in the city of Ginowan to the Henoko coastal area of Nago city.

    Later that month, Okinawa announced it would launch a retaliatory lawsuit against the Tokyo administration in December.

    The Japanese government proceeded with the relocation of the US base in Okinawa, having negated a late October regional government veto on its relocation.

    According to Onaga, the prefecture's economy does not rely on the presence of US bases.

    Okinawa occupies less than 1 percent of Japanese territory but hosts some 74 percent of the country's total US military presence.

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