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NAHA, Okinawa Pref. (Kyodo) Okinawa on Tuesday marked the 64th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, which left more than 200,000 people dead in the closing days of World War II.

During a memorial ceremony at Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman, Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima urged the Japanese and U.S. governments to consolidate and reduce U.S. bases in Okinawa and lessen its burden in terms of the associated crimes and accidents.

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