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There has been a new development in a lawsuit filed by a group of citizens calling on the government to disclose diplomatic documents related to the 1972 reversion of Okinawa from U.S. to Japanese rule. One of the documents concerns an alleged secret financial concession to Washington — a payment by Tokyo of $4 million to help fund the conversion of U.S. military areas back to farmland.

The Tokyo District Court on Aug. 25 accepted the plaintiffs’ request that the court let Mr. Bunroku Yoshino, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s American Bureau, testify as a witness. Mr. Yoshino, who was in charge of reversion negotiations, will appear before the court Dec. 1.

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