• Jiji, Kyodo

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The government is wary of public sentiment increasingly turning against U.S. bases in Japan, as military personnel are believed to have triggered a coronavirus resurgence in three prefectures to be placed under pre-emergency measures.

Many people in Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures live in close proximity to U.S. military bases, and the infection prevention measures taken by the U.S. forces, which some have criticized as being too lax, are thought to be behind the explosion of cases there.

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