Protesters hold placards with a slogan that reads: "No to Henoko new base" during a rally in Tokyo as they show their strong support to Okinawans after the Japanese government took the local government in Okinawa to court in mid-November, launching a legal battle in their longstanding dispute over the planned relocation of a U.S. military air base on the southern island.

US Overseas Military Bases Losing Local Support

Since 1972 American troops have committed almost 6,000 crimes while stationed in Japan, 571 of which may be categorized as grave offenses.