Japan: Hostile Send-Off

As he arrives in Washington this week for talks with President Nixon, Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato has one item at the top on his agenda: Okinawa. Because of intense antiwar sentiment and rising nationalism the island has become an explosive issue in Japan. Sato hopes to get back Okinawa and the entire Ryukyu island chain, which the U.S. captured from Japan in 1945.

Aware of Sato's domestic difficulties, the U.S. is prepared to offer to turn the islands over to Japan by 1972, giving up the U.S. right to store nuclear weapons there...

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