The 27-year-old who instigated a referendum in famously apolitical Japan

(CNN)Jinshiro Motoyama is not your average political activist.

In a country where politics is dominated by established middle-aged politicians, the 27-year-old Okinawa native is a university student with no party affiliations.
But Motoyama has disrupted the norm. He masterminded this month’s Okinawa referendum on the national government’s plan to relocate a longstanding but controversial United States air base within Japan’s southernmost prefecture.

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