Osprey military aircraft are seen at the U.S. Futenma airbase in Ginowan, on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Nathan Layne/File Photo
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The US navy said Monday it imposed an alcohol ban on its personnel in Japan as the Tokyo government condemned a military drink-driving case which fueled growing opposition to US bases on Okinawa.US sailors stationed throughout the country are banned from drinking, both on and off base, for an undetermined period and will also be subject to other restrictions, US Naval Forces Japan said in a statementOkinawans are planning a major rally later this month in protest at the bases as well as the behavior of US personnel.More than half the 47,000 American troops in Japan under a decades-long security alliance are stationed on Okinawa, the site of a major World War II battle that was followed by a 27-year US occupation of the island.
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