Later this month, official events will be held throughout Japan to commemorate the 61st anniversary of Japan’s recovery of sovereignty following its 1945 defeat and surrender, the end of Allied Powers’ occupation, and the official end of World War II. These were ends accomplished in San Francisco Peace Treaty that was signed on September 8, 1951 by 48 nations and that came into force on April 28, 1952.
But protests and boycotts will also mark the anniversary. Protests will be especially vehement in Okinawa, an island prefecture that serves—with others areas of Japan—as a platform for U.S. military bases and operations in Asia.
A survey of 41 city and village heads in the prefecture conducted by the Okinawa Times newspaper found no one that supported a positive commemoration. On April 1 a majority of members of the Okinawa prefectural legislature, most of whom are not members of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) or New Komeito (NK), decided to organize a counter-demonstration to protest the anniversary.
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