Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe on Thursday denied a news report that Japan had secretly shouldered $4 million in costs for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan from U.S. occupation in 1972.

“I have been told that such a secret pact did not exist,” Abe told a news conference.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.