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Some 35,000 protesters raise placards saying 'Do not yield to authority' during a rally to protest against a controversial US airbase in Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on May 17, 2015. Futenma US airbase has become emblematic of that ill-will since Washington announced plans to move it in 1996, hoping to ease tensions with the host community after the gang-rape of a schoolgirl by servicemen. But locals have blocked the move to relocate the base, insisting the facility should go off-island instead, harming relations between Tokyo and Okinawa -- a once independent kingdom that was annexed by Japan in the 19th century. JAPAN OUT -- AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Some 35,000 protesters raise placards saying 'Do not yield to authority' during a rally to protest against a controversial US airbase in Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on May 17, 2015. Futenma US airbase has become emblematic of that ill-will since Washington announced plans to move it in 1996, hoping to ease tensions with the host community after the gang-rape of a schoolgirl by servicemen. But locals have blocked the move to relocate the base, insisting the facility should go off-island instead, harming relations between Tokyo and Okinawa -- a once independent kingdom that was annexed by Japan in the 19th century.      JAPAN OUT   --  AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS            (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)