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    On wednesday (15th March) Japan and the United States exchanged the instruments of ratification on their agreement returning American-held Okinawa to Japanese control on 15th May this year.

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    On wednesday (15th March) Japan and the United States exchanged the instruments of ratification on their agreement returning American-held Okinawa to Japanese control on 15th May this year.

    At a ceremony in the Japanese Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, he agreement was signed between the American Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Meyer, and the Japanese Foreign minster, Mr. Fukada. Also on the Japanese side was Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, who has worked for the return of Okinawa and the Ryuku Islands for four years. The handing-over date was agreed at a meeting between Mr. Sato and President Nixon on the 7th January. (See Visnews production number 284/72).

    Okinawa has been held by the United States for 27 years since it was captured in bitter fighting at the end of the Pacific war. The most contentious part of the agreement is that allowing the US to retain military bases on this strategic island after the reversion (See Visnews production number 15340/71).

    SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo, where Japanese officials gathered on Wednesday to witness the historic signing by the United States Ambassador Mr. Meyer of documents that will return Okinawa to Japan.

    The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Sato has worked for four years for the return of this strategic Pacific Island to his country. It was his meeting with President Nixon in January this year that made this signing ceremony possible. The Actual date for the handing-over is set for the fifteenth of May.

    The American Ambassador exchanged documents with Japanese foreign Minister Mr. Fukada, and the reversion of Okinawa was ratified. In two months the U.S. will hand over to the Japanese the island that they have held for twenty-seven years, ever since it was taken in biter fighting at the end of the Pacific war. Despite some opposition in the Japanese parliament, the United States is to retain is military bases on the island - but Japanese force will gradually take over the defence of Okinawa during the next five years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAFTIXUBFUBTZSNTAD2SWMU1PF
    Media URN:
    VLVAAFTIXUBFUBTZSNTAD2SWMU1PF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
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    N/A

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