Devastated by the Battle of Okinawa in the final phase of World War II, Okinawa was placed under U.S. occupation after the war. But the prefecture, which marks the 50th anniversary of its reversion to Japan on May 15, has developed ever since through the efforts of its people.
The town of Chatan has become a symbol of Okinawa’s growth, with the development of the American Village commercial and entertainment complex on its west coast.
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