On Thursday (17 June) the United States and Japan will sign an agreement returning the island of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty.
On Thursday (17 June) the United States and Japan will sign an agreement returning the island of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty. The island has been administered by an American military governor since its capture from the Japanese at the end of World War Two.
But the terms of the Okinawa agreement have provoked violent reaction from students in Tokyo, for it has been announced that the United States will be allowed to retain their military bases on the island. In addition, no clear-cut statements have yet been made by the Japanese Government regarding the sensitive question of the storage on Okinawa of nuclear weapons. This is a key issue of contention with the left-wing opposition.
The student demonstrations have been planned to last for three days, timed to continue until the signing of the agreement on Thursday night.