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Monday, 24th May 2010
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Okinawa base to stay on island

A controversial US military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa is to remain on the island despite high local opposition to the location and a promise by the Japanese prime minister that it would be moved.

Yukio Hatoyama has been putting off a decision on the base for some time, after his pledge to remove the base from the island completely did not sit well with Washington, which was keen to stick to the arrangements set out under a 2006 agreement between the two nations.

Hatoyama said that his decision to keep the base on the island was made in light of ongoing issues with Korea - pointing out that in times of tension, the US and Japan must maintain their solid relationship.

The base will now be moved to the north side of the island.

The location of the base has proved a big issue for many living on the island and earlier this year, thousands of residents staged a protest calling for it to be removed.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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