Japan: Agreement on Okinawa

For a quarter of a century, Okinawa has stood as a reminder of Japan's defeat in World War II. Conquered by the U.S. in the last bloody battles of the war, it remained an American-occupied area even after Japan regained its sovereignty. Last week victor and vanquished moved to restore the island to its old owner. After two days of talks in Washington, President Nixon and Premier Eisaku Sato agreed to a timetable for the long-promised return to Japanese control of the Ryukyu chain, of which Okinawa is the largest island.

The agreement winds up the last unfinished business that dates...

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