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Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent

The fear of regional war hangs over these island enclaves -- Okinawa the southernmost prefecture of Japan, Jeju the southernmost province of Korea. Both have suffered unimaginable tragedy, Okinawa in the biggest and last battle of "the Pacific War" in 1945, Jeju in the revolt that broke out in 1948. While people on Okinawa protest the U.S. bases, people on Jeju fear a new base will be a magnet of attack. This book looks at the controversies from all sides, draws intriguing comparisons and looks ahead to a clouded future.

Sign posted outside naval base on Jeju spells out some of the reasons for the protest

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