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N a k a y o s h i ’s m o v e m e n t was h a r s h l y c o n d e m n e d b y this g r o u p 17 as ’t r e a c h e r o u s ’ . N a k a y o s h i w a s h a m p e r e d also b y the a l m o s t c o m p l e t e b r e a k in a n y k i n d of c o m m u n i c a t i o n 18 b e t w e e n the J a p a n e s e m a i n l a n d and O k i n a w a ,

B y 1 9 5 0 - 1 w h e n the time w a s a p p r o a c h i n g for a J a p a n e s e p e a c e s e t t l e m e n t t h e r e had been c o n s i d e r a b l e

c h a n g e in the d o m e s t i c and the i n t e r n a t i o n a l s i t u a t i o n in f a v o u r of N a k a y o s h i ’s m o v e m e n t . In J a n u a r y 1 9 5 0 the S e c r e t a r y of State, A c he s o n , m a d e p u b l i c the A m e r i c a n i n t e n t i o n of p r o p o s i n g t r u s t e e s h i p s y s t e m fo r O k i n a w a . O n this i n f o r m a t i o n N a k a y o s h i v i s i t e d O k a z a k i , f o r m e r P e r m a n e n t U n d e r - s e c r e t a r y o f the G a i m u s h o and the then C h a i r m a n of the H o u s e of R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s F o r e i g n A f f a i r s C o m m i t t e e , and asked Jiis a dvice. O k a z a k i e n c o u r a g e d N a k a y o s h i to p e r s i s t in his a c t i v i t i e s a n d a d d e d that

the s t a t e m e n t of the S e c r e t a r y of S t a t e w a s n o t the f i n a l d e c i s i o n of the United. S t a t e s on this m a t t e r . O k a z a k i also d r e w N a k a y o s h i ’s a t t e n t i o n to the r e m a r k of the G H Q o f f i c i a l s that, apart f r o m the o p i n i o n of the O k i n a w a n r e s i d e n t s in Japan, t h e y had so far not h e a r d e x p r e s s i o n s of o p i n i o n b y the i n h a b i t a n t s in

O k i n a w a . On the a d v i c e of O k a z a k i , the K i s e ik a i d e c i d e d on the one hand to p e t i t i o n the S e c r e t a r y of S t a t e

a s k i n g h i m to r e c o n s i d e r the m a t t e r and on the o t h e r to 19 u r g e t h e i r f r ie n d s in O k i n a w a to e n t e r the m o v e m e n t .

T h e s e a c t i v i t i e s of N a k a y o s h i w e r e at least in p a r t r e s p o n s i b l e f o r the b e g i n n i n g of the m o v e m e n t in O k in a w a . I n late 19^-9 a l o cal n e w s p a p e r , the O k i n awa H e r a r u d o , was e s t a b l i s h e d b y a y o u n g p o l i t i c i a n , N i s h i m e J u n j i , w h o as a s t u d e n t in T o k y o had been in con t a c t w i t h N a k a y o s h i . It has b e e n c l a i m e d that hi s w a s the

f i r s t n e w s p a p e r i n O k i n a w a to a d v o c a t e t h e r e t u r n of

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