Friday, December 31, 2010
Okinawa Secret Pact-I/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-XIV
For years, the LDP repeatedly denied the existence of the Secret Pact between the U.S. and Japan. On 1 December 2009, a former senior diplomat, Yoshino Bunroku, admitted for the first time in court that Tokyo and Washington had a secret accord on the cost burden relating to the 1972 reversion of Okinawa (former Liuqiu Kingdom) to Japanese control (Japan Times). In the 1970s, when the American government decided to return sovereignty of Okinawa to Japan, them Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, the great-uncle of Abe Shinzo, told the Japanese taxpayers that the returning Okinawa without compensation. The fact of the matter is that Japan secretly shouldered $4 million in costs that the American government was supposed to pay to restore Okinawan farmland which had been used by the American forces. How can the Japanese taxpayers be so stupid, having been fooled since the 1970s? Will LDP take any responsibility?