Okinawa's Base Burden Intact despite Decades-Old Proposal

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Naha, Okinawa Pref., May 15 (Jiji Press)--A former official of the now-defunct Ryukyu government is disappointed that U.S. bases remain concentrated in Okinawa Prefecture despite a proposal made before Okinawa's 1972 reversion to Japan.

The southernmost island prefecture Wednesday marked the 47th anniversary of its return to Japanese administration from U.S. rule, which happened nearly three decades after Japan's defeat in World War II.

"Nothing has changed," said Kamenosuke Taira, 82, who was involved in making the proposal, which called for the reduction of U.S. bases, as a Ryukyu government official.

Okinawa was left under U.S. control until the reversion, while Japan recovered its sovereignty in 1952 upon the effectuation of the San Francisco peace treaty with victorious powers.

Over the subsequent two decades, campaigns demanding Okinawa's return to Japan intensified as crimes and accidents by U.S. service members occurred one after another.

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