• Kyodo News


Worried that Japanese officials might renege on a deal that allowed U.S. military ships to bring nuclear arms into the country, Washington pressed Tokyo to make good on the secret agreement in 1964, according to newly declassified U.S. documents.

The documents, made available at a time when investigations into the pact are under way under the new administration in Tokyo, show how then U.S. Ambassador to Japan Edwin Reischauer urged ruling party heavyweight Masayoshi Ohira to exert his influence.

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