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Kantoku Teruya, a former House of Representatives lawmaker from Okinawa Prefecture who was active in tackling issues associated with U.S. military bases in the prefecture, died of cancer at a hospital in Nishihara, Okinawa, on Friday. He was 76.

Born on the Pacific island of Saipan, Teruya became a lawyer in Okinawa in 1972 and dealt with problems arising from U.S. bases, many of which are located in the prefecture. He joined a group of plaintiffs in a lawsuit over noise damage from the U.S. Kadena Air Base.

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