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Okinawa Prefecture marked the 40th anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty from U.S. control Tuesday amid a remaining heavy U.S. military presence and economic difficulties, with no end in sight to the political deadlock over the planned relocation of the Futenma military base.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima and U.S. Ambassador John Roos attended a ceremony in Ginowan to commemorate the prefecture’s return to Japan. The event was attended by an estimated 1,200 people, including Cabinet ministers, the heads of the upper and lower chambers of the Diet as well as the Supreme Court and youth in Okinawa.

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