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On Japan’s Okinawa, U.S. military blamed for contaminating environment with hazardous chemical

The U.S. military on the Japanese island of Okinawa is facing claims of environmental contamination after high levels of a carcinogenic chemical were found in the rivers around a U.S. air base and in the bloodstream of local residents, according to a new study.  The controversy is inflaming an already sensitive situation for the U.S. military in Okinawa. The island is home to half the 54,000 U.S. troops in Japan and has the largest U.S. air base in the Asia-Pacific. The military presence, however, is widely unpopular.  Read more...

 

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