Saturday, March 20, 2010

Missing documents add to mystery over secret Japan-U.S. pacts

According to a former Mainichi Shimbun reporter, Takichi Nishiyama, when America returned Okinawa to Japan, Japan agreed to pay America a sum of $65 million to improve U.S. military facilities. Nishiyama referred to this agreement as the biggest secret agreement and the origin of the omoiyari yosan (the money Japan pays America each year for stationing U.S. forces in Japan).

For the rest of 2010, Japan would threaten to release this document but would refrain from doing so.


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