Okinawa Prefecture back to normal after reverting to U.S. rule

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Okinawa Prefecture back to normal after reverting to U.S. rule

Okinawa Prefecture was back to normal after reverting to Japan from U.S. rule on Sunday, as residents frustrated about a weak local economy and the ever-present U.S. military bases despite decades of protest.

Among the top officials from the central and prefectural governments, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the Gov. Denny Tamaki is expected to attend a commemoration ceremony held at a convention center near U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, whose proximity to a densely populated area has made it a symbol of the burden long assumed by Okinawans.

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