September 9, 1996 |
Okinawans voted more than 10 to 1 Sunday in favor of a reduction of U.S. military bases on their islands, in a referendum aimed at pressuring Washington to pull out its troops. With virtually all of the ballots counted, about 90% of voters said that there were too many U.S. troops on their southern islands and that an agreement giving the troops special legal status should be changed. About 8% voted against the referendum.
September 8, 1996 |
For centuries, most Japanese homes have had a sacred alcove to display the household's prize possessions: an ancient scroll, a seasonal flower arrangement, the family's samurai sword. But in the southern archipelago of Okinawa, which was an independent kingdom until Japan annexed it in 1879, the mainland's military traditions never took hold. Here, the object lovingly displayed in many alcoves, or tokonomas, is a musical instrument, the three-stringed sansen.
November 19, 1990 |
A Socialist-backed candidate who wants the United States to abandon its military bases on Okinawa was elected governor of the Japanese island prefecture. Masahide Ota, 65, backed by the Socialists, Communists and other opposition parties, defeated Junji Nishime, a conservative who has been Okinawa's governor for 12 years. Nishime, 69, was backed by Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu's Liberal Democratic Party and the moderate opposition Democratic Socialist Party.