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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Trespassing in Japan

TOKYO () -- U.S. military personnel are being warned to keep away from a facility on Okinawa that is at the center of a land lease dispute, a Marine Corps spokesman said Friday.

Local authorities, fearing radical protests this weekend, have mobilized riot police and erected a fence around the U.S. Navy communications facility.

Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto has signed papers to force Shoichi Chibana, the owner of a plot now used for the facility, to renew his lease. Chibana's lease expires Sunday; the formal renewal process could take weeks. That could put the U.S. military in the uncomfortable position of technically trespassing on Chibana's land.