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Okinawa’s ‘bag carrier’ burden will be Tokyo’s eternal shame

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06.02.2018

When the book "Kichi no Ko" (Children of military bases) was published in 1953, there were U.S. military bases all over Japan. A collection of compositions written by children living near them, the book reveals the injustices being done around the nation in its early days of post-World War II sovereignty.

A third-grade elementary school pupil in Yokohama wrote about the time when his bicycle, parked outside a bakery, was flipped over by an occupation forces truck and damaged. But when he told his mother, she merely shook her head and said, "There's nothing you can do about it."

She warned, "If you complain about what an American soldier has........

© The Asahi Shimbun