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Surrounded by U.S. influence, Okinawa struggles with split identity

For the more than 60 years since the end of World War II, native Okinawans and U.S. troops stationed on nearby bases have developed deep, passionate and generation-spanning ties that complicate political and diplomatic debates about the future of the U.S. military here.

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CREDITS: The Center for Digital TV and the World in association with the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Stories by Noah Buhayar, Diana Jou, Ayako Mie, Laurel Moorhead, Tyler Sipe, Jake Schoneker, and Jun Stinson.

Digital TV and the World Instructor: Todd Carrel; Technical Advisor: Milt Wallace; Special Mentors: Ben de la Cruz, Samantha Grant, Karl Schoenberger and Christopher Beaver.

Production Associates: Ikumi Oshiro (Okinawa International University coordinator), Yuko Nishishiraho (Okinawa Christian University coordinator), Nanami Arakaki, Midori Chinen, Kosuke Fujiki, Chie Harimoto, Megumi Ikemura, Mana Kakazu. Chiharu Kiyuna, Kanai Kyan, Sawako Makabe, Yuina Moromizato, Kazuki Nakauezato, Rina Nakayama, Chiaki Nara, Asako Nema, Waka Okane, Yuri Okuyama, Nanako Otani, Mariko Owan, Jin Tamashiro, Wakana Toma, Mariko Yokoda.

The Center for Digital TV and the World, a project of the Tides Center in San Francisco, is supported by gifts from The Skirball Foundation, The Henry Luce Foundation, The Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the United States-Japan Foundation, ANA, and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, and the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies.

Special thanks to Julia Chen; Dean Neil Henry, Tom Goldstein, Roy Baril, Lydia Chavez, Jon Else, Paul Grabowicz, Rob Gunnison, Richard Koci Hernandez, Jeremy Rue and Josh Williams of the Graduate School of Journalism; Marcus Brauchli, Ben de la Cruz, Blaine Harden, Chico Harlan, Laris Karklis and Wilson Andrews of The Washington Post; Kyoichi Sasazawa and The Yomiuri Shimbun: The Okinawa Times, The Ryukyu Shimpo; the Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation, The faculty and students of Okinawa International University and Okinawa Christian University, Peter Simpson, Tomoko Oshiro, Dan Broudy,and Keiko Yamazato; Lei Shimamura, Fumiko Okuda, Chie Miyagi, Choko Takayama; and Charles Morrison, Ray Burghardt, Susan Kriefels, Mary Hammond, Carol Fox and Bob Nakasone of the East-West Center, Honolulu:,Daniel Kwok, Gerald Kato and Kevin Kawamoto of the University of Hawaii, Wesley Ueunten and Ben Kobashigawa of San Francisco State University, Duncan Williams and Keiko Hjertsman of UC Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies, TJ Pempel and Steven Vogel; Robert Henderson, David Janes, Patsy Ishiyama, Helena Kolenda, Jean Saito, Bruce Sievers and others.

Web design and production by Noah Buhayar. Digital Stills by Tyler Sipe. Map by Laris Karklis / The Washington Post. Infographic by Diana Jou.
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