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Secret deal for nukes on Okinawa confirmed

Date Posted: 2007-10-09

Despite Japan’s repeated denials that a secret Japan-U.S. agreement existed to permit nuclear weapons to be brought to Okinawa, official U.S. documents are now revealing it happened.
The secret agreement, which was linked to Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese control in 1972, has been discussed and theorized about for years. Official U.S. documents written by then White House National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger to President Richard Nixon, both dated November 12th and 13th 1969, were declassified two years ago, but only recently uncovered in the U.S. National Archives.
Takashi Shinobu, a Nihon University professor, is the sleuth who sifted through the reams of declassified documents, uncovering the memos written prior to President Nixon’s Okinawa reversion discussions with Prime Minister Eisaku Sato. The “Secret Negotiations with Japanese on U.S. Nuclear Access to Post-Reversion Okinawa and Textiles,” outlined Kissinger’s plan to the American president.
Kissinger advised the president of the public “procedural arrangements” to be revealed in a joint communiqué following Nixon’s visit with Sato, stating nuclear weapons would be removed from Okinawa. The National Security Advisor also wrote of “a proposed game plan to be followed by Prime Minister Sato and yourself in conjunction with secret U.S.-Japanese agreements on access to post-reversion Okinawa for nuclear weapons.” That game plan was coordinated with a ‘Mr. Yoshida’, the code name for Japan’s secret envoy meeting with Kissinger.
The elusive ‘Mr. Yoshida’ turned out to be Kyoto Sangyo University professor Kei Wakaizumi. Wakaizumi wrote about the secret deal in a book published 13 years ago, but the government repeatedly denied the accounts. Professor Wakaizumi died 11 years ago at age 66.

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