Japanese protesters Sunday demonstrated against the heavy U.S. military presence on the island of Okinawa, as tensions run high after a base employee was arrested following the rape and murder of a local woman.



Japanese protesters


Some 100 people marched through the streets of downtown Tokyo, with many of them holding banners reading “no more base.”


The protest, calling for plans to create a fresh U.S. base on the southern island to be scrapped, came a week before tens of thousands on Okinawa plan to hold their own rally against the foreign military presence.


A series of crimes including rapes, assaults and hit-and-run accidents by U.S. military personnel, dependents and civilians have long sparked protests.




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