Residents gather at the US Marine Corps' Camp Schwab to oppose a controversial plan to relocate troops within the southern island prefecture. Photo: Kyodo

Okinawa residents are poised to vote against relocation of US base in referendum but will the result matter?

  • Okinawa accounts for less than 1 per cent of Japan’s total land area but hosts more than half the 47,000 US personnel in Japan
  • Residents have asked for bases to be moved, with resentment growing after a string of accidents and crimes committed by US personnel
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Residents gather at the US Marine Corps' Camp Schwab to oppose a controversial plan to relocate troops within the southern island prefecture. Photo: Kyodo
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