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Author Tatsuhiro Oshiro showed Okinawa’s woes continue today

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Every time a crime is committed by a U.S. soldier in Okinawa Prefecture, I am reminded of “The Cocktail Party,” a 1967 novel by Okinawan-born author Tatsuhiro Oshiro.

The protagonist is invited to a house party on a U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture. Upon returning home that evening, he learns that his daughter had been raped by a U.S. service member.

He asks his close American friend to help him expose the crime but is brusquely rebuffed.

Feeling like he is at the end of his rope, the man says, “I am not trying to indict one American for his crime. My accusation is directed at the cocktail party itself.”

By the “party,” I believe Oshiro implied the lives of Okinawans who are given no choice but to........

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