OKINAWA: Protested Mayor

Okinawa is the one place where the U.S. finds itself embarrassingly thrust back into the colonial business. Once there, it has tried to make Okinawa both a political showcase and a military base. As a showcase, it must be democratic; as a military base, it must be secure. Often, as the British have learned in a more difficult situation on Cyprus, the two can be at odds.

For years the chief Okinawan thorn in the U.S. side has been an emaciated little man with a jet-black mustache and eyes that glare from...

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