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How Okinawa became an island of U.S. bases

  • August 20, 2016
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NHK’s “NHK Special” on Saturday reported on how Okinawa became an “island of U.S. bases” between 1945 and 1946, showing videos of Okinawa under the occupation of the U.S. and declassified U.S. military files. The program said about 300,000 people, or 90% of the Okinawa population, were placed in detention centers right after the war ended. The program reported that the U.S. Military Government of the Ryukyu Islands was hoping to promote the autonomy of the local population, but GHQ thought Okinawa was geographically important amid the rise of the communists and pursued the construction of runways and bases there.

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