What should happen to the US base on Okinawa?
Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said it will not be feasible to entirely remove a controversial US base from the island of Okinawa. Should the base remain on the island?
The US Marines' Futenma base is deeply unpopular, and last month nearly 100,000 people staged a protest to demand that the base be removed.
Removing the base was also a key election pledge of the prime minister, but on a visit to the island, Mr Hatoyama said "realistically speaking, it is impossible" to fully relocate it.
The base, which has been on the island since 1945, is home to over half the 47,000 American troops based in Japan.
Do you live in Okinawa? What do you think of the prime minister's announcement? Is the base necessary for national security? Has the row over the base's future damaged ties with the US?
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