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    Inside Story - Okinawa: Finding a compromise

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    Al Jazeera English

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    Yukio Hatoyama, the Japanese prime minister, plans a visit to Okinawa to settle the row over the US airbase on the island. On the one hand, he has to appease the residents of Okinawa and on the other, he cannot afford to strain relations with Washington. Can both countries reach a compromise? Why is Okinawa important to the US? And how has a huge military presence worldwide served Washington?