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Onaga was bitter foe of mainland’s flippant attitude toward Okinawa

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Former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota once said that they were really “the monarchs of Okinawa.”

He was referring to the six high commissioners of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, who, often autocratically, governed the Okinawa islands from 1957 until Okinawa was returned to Japan in 1972.

In particular, Paul Caraway, a U.S. Army lieutenant general who served as the third high commissioner in Okinawa, is still remembered by people in the southernmost prefecture as the symbol of the U.S.’ heavy-handed governance over their land during the period.

Caraway cracked down on the movement for local self-government, declaring, “Okinawan self-government is nothing but a legend.”

Apparently overcome with feelings of deep anger, Takeshi Onaga invoked the name of this unpopular American........

© The Asahi Shimbun