100,000 people attended rally demanding base be moved off Okinawa

Thousands of Japanese have protested over a controversial US military base on the island of Okinawa.

The location of the military base has long been a contentious issue, with both Washington and Tokyo disagreeing and locals who live on the island voicing concerns over the noise and pollution caused by the stationing of troops there.

The US has had a heavy military presence in Japan since the end of the second world war.

Almost 100,000 people attended a rally demanding the base be moved off Okinawa, which Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama pledged to do as part of his election campaign.

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