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Secret reversion documents missing

Date Posted: 2001-05-10

The Ministry of Finance disclosed Tuesday that the Japanese Government does not have any written notes of a secret agreement that Japan and the U.S. made regarding the return of Okinawa to the Japanese sovereignty. According to this agreement, Japan agreed to pay about $200 million to the U.S. to cover the expense of moving military facilities. The government at the time reportedly veiled the whole issue in smoke in order to avoid criticism that Japan bought Okinawa. It is also suspected that government officials did not pass the contents of this important decision to the next cabinet.

Since this disclosure became public, the secrets surrounding the reversion negotiations have once again come under scrutiny. It has been disclosed in the U.S. that the U.S. government still possesses a written note regarding the agreement. Officials at the Ministry of Finance comment they do not know the reason why such a document does not exist. Another mystery is what happened to the money.

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