OKINAWA: The General & the Mayor

When fiery, brittle little Kamejiro Senaga was elected mayor of Naha last year, conservative Okinawan businessmen and U.S. authorities immediately went to work to unseat him. Senaga, an ex-journalist who ran a general store as a sideline to his job as mayor, had already served 18 months of a two-year jail sentence for harboring a wanted Japanese Communist, and was widely regarded as a Communist himself.

Mayor Senaga lost no time in making the U.S. occupation authorities miserable. Though the money spent by the U.S. on its base has made Okinawans rich...

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