Q&A: Okinawa on 50th anniversary of reversion from U.S. rule

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Okinawa on Sunday marked 50 years since its reversion from U.S. rule. The following are questions and answers about Japan's southern island prefecture. Q: What happened to Okinawa after World War II? A: Japan came under Allied occupation following its defeat in 1945. The country restored its independence on April 28, 1952, as the San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect. But Okinawa was kept under U.S. rule along with the Amami Islands to the north and Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific. Okinawans needed passports to travel to the rest of Japan. Under U.S. rule, the dollar was used as the currency...

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