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Photo Journal: No child's play

(Mainichi/Hiroshi Higa)

Students attend a meeting at the gym of Futenma No. 2 Elementary School adjacent to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, in southwestern Japan on the morning of Dec. 13, 2018. The day marked exactly one year since a window weighing some 8 kilograms fell off from a U.S. military helicopter onto the school's playground during a P.E. class, and the students took a moment to look back on the incident and what it means to live near the base. Ever since the use of the playground was fully resumed this February, students have evacuated the playground every time a U.S. military aircraft approaches the area. So far the number of such evacuations has reached at least 693. "To be honest, I want to play to the fullest without having to evacuate," said one student in her essay she read out during the gathering.

    (Japanese original by Hiroshi Higa, Kyushu News Department)

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