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A former senior Foreign Ministry official will be called to testify Dec. 1 on an alleged secret pact between Japan and the U.S. over the cost of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan in 1972, the Tokyo District Court said Tuesday.

Masaaki Gabe, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus, and others are suing for the release of documents they believe prove the pact’s existence. The government has repeatedly denied the existence of the secret deal, but Bunroku Yoshino, then the ministry’s American Bureau chief, suggested the opposite in a statement submitted to the court and in interviews with the media.

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