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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