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Okinawa marks 68th anniversary of bloody WWII battle

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Okinawa marked Sunday the 68th anniversary of a bloody World War II battle, with Japan's prime minister vowing to "lighten the burden" of local residents opposed to a heavy US military presence on the southern Japanese island. 

Relatives of victims killed at the 'Battle of Okinawa' pray during a memorial service at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, on June 23, 2013. Okinawa has marked the 68th anniversary of a bloody World War II battle, with Japan's prime minister vowing to "lighten the burden" of local residents opposed to a heavy US military presence on the southern Japanese island.

The concentration of American troops in Okinawa is a legacy of the US occupation of the region that continued for nearly three decades after Japan's surrender in the war in August 1945.

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