Japan PM apologises for US bases in Okinawa

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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has apologised to people in Okinawa for "the burden" of US bases on the island.

Mr Kan was on his official first visit to Okinawa to mark 65 years since the end of a bloody World War II battle.

His predecessor Yukio Hatoyama resigned earlier this month over the poor handling of a row over the relocation of the Futenma airbase.

Islanders have been angered by incidents involving US troops based there, including the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl and a helicopter crash in 2004....

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