On Thursday (17 June) the United States and Japan will sign an agreement returning the island of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty.
GTV PAN Student demonstrators rallying in square.
GV Demonstrators with helmets march in formation
SV PAN Demonstrators with flags and helmets sway from side to side
SV Riot police PAN TO demonstrators marching with flags.
SV Police march alongside demonstrators
SV Flags TILT DOWN TO demonstrators with helmets and masks jogging.
GV Students and police clash (5 shots)
SV Demonstrators arrested by police (2 shots)
GV Police and demonstrators confront each other.
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WE REFER EDITORS TO VISNEWS PRODUCTION NO. 6626/71 (SOUND) - JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER IN LONDON--WHERE THE COMMENTARY GIVES BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON OKINAWA. THIS STORY WAS SERVICES ON 11 JUNE.
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Background: On Thursday (17 June) the United States and Japan will sign an agreement returning the island of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty. The island has been administered by an American military governor since its capture from the Japanese at the end of World War Two.
But the terms of the Okinawa agreement have provoked violent reaction from students in Tokyo, for it has been announced that the United States will be allowed to retain their military bases on the island. In addition, no clear-cut statements have yet been made by the Japanese Government regarding the sensitive question of the storage on Okinawa of nuclear weapons. This is a key issue of contention with the left-wing opposition.
The student demonstrations have been planned to last for three days, timed to continue until the signing of the agreement on Thursday night.