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Takichi Nishiyama, 90, believes justice was with him when he reported on a secret Japan-U.S. agreement over the May 1972 return of Okinawa Prefecture to Japan from U.S. Occupation, he said in a recent interview.

The report led to his arrest on April 4, 1972, when he was a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun daily, for illegally obtaining from a Foreign Ministry official copies of confidential diplomatic cables on the secret accord. The ministry official was also arrested by police.

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