On wednesday (15th March) Japan and the United States exchanged the instruments of ratification on their agreement returning American-held Okinawa to Japanese control on 15th May this year.
PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE; YAMANAKA AND AICHI ENTER ROOM; MR. MEYER AND MR. SATO ENTERS: FUKADA SIGNING; MEYER AND FUKADA EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS AND SHAKE HANDS; FUKADA SPEAKING AND MEYER LISTENING; JAPANESE OFFICIALS; PRESSMEN; AMERICAN AND JAPANESE OFFICIALS CELEBRATE WITH TOAST.
SV Prime Minister's residence
MCU Yamanaka and Mr Aichi (former Japanese Prime Minister) enter room
MCU Mr. Meyer enters
CU Mr. Sato enters followed by Ministers
MV Meyer signing PAN to Fukuda signing
SV Japanese officials look on
SV Mr. Meyer and Fukada exchange documents, shake hands
MCU Mr. Fukada speaking
MV Mr Meyer listening
SV American officials listening
MV Mr. Meyer speaking PAN to Japanese officials
CU PULL BACK TO GV.. American and Japanese officials Celebrate with toast
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Background: On wednesday (15th March) Japan and the United States exchanged the instruments of ratification on their agreement returning American-held Okinawa to Japanese control on 15th May this year.
At a ceremony in the Japanese Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, he agreement was signed between the American Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Meyer, and the Japanese Foreign minster, Mr. Fukada. Also on the Japanese side was Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, who has worked for the return of Okinawa and the Ryuku Islands for four years. The handing-over date was agreed at a meeting between Mr. Sato and President Nixon on the 7th January. (See Visnews production number 284/72).
Okinawa has been held by the United States for 27 years since it was captured in bitter fighting at the end of the Pacific war. The most contentious part of the agreement is that allowing the US to retain military bases on this strategic island after the reversion (See Visnews production number 15340/71).
SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo, where Japanese officials gathered on Wednesday to witness the historic signing by the United States Ambassador Mr. Meyer of documents that will return Okinawa to Japan.
The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Sato has worked for four years for the return of this strategic Pacific Island to his country. It was his meeting with President Nixon in January this year that made this signing ceremony possible. The Actual date for the handing-over is set for the fifteenth of May.
The American Ambassador exchanged documents with Japanese foreign Minister Mr. Fukada, and the reversion of Okinawa was ratified. In two months the U.S. will hand over to the Japanese the island that they have held for twenty-seven years, ever since it was taken in biter fighting at the end of the Pacific war. Despite some opposition in the Japanese parliament, the United States is to retain is military bases on the island - but Japanese force will gradually take over the defence of Okinawa during the next five years.