OKINAWA: Double Shock

For months U.S. military authorities on Okinawa watched with alarm as Communist votes on the island multiplied in local elections. Last week, as the voters of Okinawa and the other Ryukyu islands chose a new legislature in the first general election in two years, the Red-run Minren Party campaigned with arrogant confidence, demanding that the U.S. fold up its bases and go home. The conservative Democratic Party and Independent Jugo Thoma, U.S.-appointed chief executive of the Okinawan government, doggedly defended their cooperation with the U.S. administration, pointed to schools built and...

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