Residents ponder significance of Okinawa’s reversion on 40th anniversary

Many Okinawa and mainland Japan residents pondered the significance of the return of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty on May 15, the 40th anniversary of the reversion.

Many tourists visited Cape Hedo in Kunigami, which is located at the northern tip of Okinawa’s main island and where a monument for the struggle to secure reversion stands. From the cape they turned their gaze across the ocean toward Kagoshima Prefecture’s Yoron Island, which had been separated from Okinawa by a national border until the reversion in 1972.

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