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Reporter in 1972 Okinawa secrets case begins appeal

Date Posted: 2007-07-25

The Tokyo High Court is now hearing an appeal from a former reporter whose news coverage more than three decades ago left him discredited and out of the business.
Takichi Nishiyama was a Mainichi Shimbun reporter when he published stories about secret agreements between the United States and Japan over Okinawa’s reversion. Japan had secretly agreed to pay America $4 million for Okinawa land adjustments. Nishiyama’s revelations, drawn from classified documents provided by a secretary later discovered to be his lover, were denied by the two governments.
He was convicted of violating the National Public Services Act, lost his job and saw his life change. He challenged the government in 2005 after documents supporting his reporting became public. His damages suit was dismissed by Tokyo District Court on grounds the statute of limitations had expired.
The 75-year-old Nishiyama is asking the high court to award him ¥33 million, plus a government apology.

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