Okinawa Question

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Pressure for Early Okinawa Settlement

When premier Eisaku Sato of Japan meets with President Nixon in Washington later this year, the two heads of government must come to a long-postponed decision on a difficult issue in which the stakes for both are high and the pitfalls many. Their November meeting will climax five months of negotiations that began on June 2 with a visit to Washington by Japanese Foreign Minister Klichi Aichi and will include a trip to Japan this summer by Secretary of State William P. Rogers. The purpose of the Nixon-Sato meeting will be to clinch an agreement for the return of Okinawa and other islands of the Ryukyu chain to Japan. Specifically, the Japanese leader will ask the United States to set ...

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