On 28 September 1995, Okinawan Governor Ota Masahide announced that he had decided to refuse to act as proxy in the signing of leases for land utilized by the US
military within Okinawa prefecture. In his subsequent testimony to the Japanese
Supreme Court, he argued that the disproportionate burden of US bases in Okinawa amounted to a form of institutionalised discrimination. More than any previous governor, Ota drew connections between the base issue-or what he has repeatedlytermed the...[Show more]
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