CHRONOLOGY

1972

Okinawa returns to Japanese sovereignty with Senkaku Islands disputed but under effective Japanese control

 

GLOSSARY

Okinawa

island chain between Japan and Taiwan

independent, then suzerainty and then annexed by Japan 1879 cf Ryukyu

entrepĂ´t

chukan boeki

historical function of Okinawa killed by Meiji annexation cf yamatonchu

Ryukyu

lapis lazuli spheres

Okinawa poetically but sad actuality of US bases, MoLIT PWE, tourism etc

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