• Chugoku Shimbun

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In a two-story, 573 square-meter concrete building is a community hall, a kitchen and a lounge with massage chairs. Residents in the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, frequent the facility to enjoy table tennis, karaoke and even swimming in an adjacent pool. All activities, except for karaoke, are free of charge.

The facility is a remnant of the “special privileges” that the city, home to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, has long enjoyed in return for the burden of hosting the U.S. military base.

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