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Satoshi Tanaka: Japan defence official fired for Okinawa ‘rape’ slur

A senior Japanese defence official was fired Tuesday for his "rape" remarks in explaining the government’s controversial plan to relocate a key US base in Okinawa.

Defence Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said he had fired Satoshi Tanaka, chief of his ministry’s branch in Okinawa, for the comment which has angered people in the subtropical island chain, burdened with a heavy US military presence.

"I have concluded that there is no room for excuses," the minister told a news conference.

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