【PART 5】  The Last Mystery Voluntary slavish obedience and its historical origin

 

【6】 Had the State Department’s vision of returning Okinawa come true, it could have changed the history of the Cold War

 

My reaction upon read the books by Emeritus Professor Seigen Miyazato of the University of the Ryukyus and Professor Yasuko Kono of Hosei University was utter shock. Until then, I had been so caught up in the structure of “Okinawa vs. the U.S.” that I had completely missed such differing views held by the State Department and the public. I had been viewing history in a simplified manner, thinking in terms of “the U.S. = oppressor,” focusing only on the actions of the military. But in reality, the State Department and the public had intended to return Okinawa based on the principle of the Atlantic Charter.

If only the State Department’s vision to return Okinawa to Japan after getting rid of all U.S. bases had come true. Come to think of it, Okinawa attracts 6.6 million tourists annually, despite all the noise caused by U.S. aircraft and disruptions of traffic caused by U.S. bases.

If Okinawa had been returned to Japan with no U.S. bases in 1946, surely it would’ve become the number one resort island in the world, exceeding Hawaii (7.8 million tourists per year). Moreover, it could’ve changed the outcome of the Cold War greatly.

 

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Dugong swimming in the beautiful Henoko sea
※Data provided by Zan, research team for northernmost-living dugongs (June 2014)