Thousands of riot police have been called out in the face of threatened violence by Okinawa left-wingers wishing to disrupt the opening of the world's first international ocean exposition.
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Background: Thousands of riot police have been called out in the face of threatened violence by Okinawa left-wingers wishing to disrupt the opening of the world's first international ocean exposition.
There have been clashes already and an attack on Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko. Extremists threw fire bombs at the Royal couple as they were paying homage at a war memorial.
The extremists blame the Imperial family for wartime suffering on the island and subsequent alleged discrimination against Okinawans. The island, scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War Two, reverted to Japanese rule in 1972 after being administered by the United Sates.
Three thousand riot police on Okinawa have been mobilised to prevent further threatened violence. The Ocean Expo will be opened by the Crown Prince on Saturday (July 19) in the presence of two thousand Japanese and foreign guest, including Prime Minister Takeo Miki.
On the same day as the attack on the Crown Prince, the two left-wing factions, protesting against his visit to Okinawa, fought a bloody battle in a Tokyo railway station leaving one person dead and 34 injured.,