Venetia Welby

The sufferings of Okinawa continue today unheard

The Pacific island was one of the bloodiest theatres of the second world war — and the list of US military crimes extends to the present, says Elizabeth Miki Brina

A silent protest in Okinawa in 2016 over the alleged rape and murder of a woman by a worker at the US Air Base. Credit: Getty Images

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