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50 Years On: Man Wrote 2,500 Letters to Tell Okinawa's Plight

50 Years On: Man Wrote 2,500 Letters to Tell Okinawa's Plight

   Kunigami, Okinawa Pref., May 11 (Jiji Press)--An 86-year-old man in Okinawa Prefecture wrote some 2,500 letters to let people know the distressed condition of the island region under U.S. military rule between 1945 and 1972.
   In the letters, Shoji Yamashiro, a former junior high school teacher of the city of Nago in the southernmost Japan prefecture, also called for Okinawa's immediate return to Japan from U.S. occupation.
   Yamashiro says that the excessive burden of hosting U.S. bases remains the same before and after Okinawa's reversion to Japan in May 1972.
   "People in the mainland (Japan) do not share the bitter history of Okinawa," he stressed.
   Yamashiro decided to become a teacher with a resolution that the tragedy of war must not be repeated, after he lost his then 2-year-old sister in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.

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