50 Years Since Koza Unrest

Sunday marks 50 years since unrest which occurred after a car driven by US military personnel hit a local resident near a US base in Okinawa.

The unrest took place on December 20, 1970, two years before reversion of the southern prefecture from the United States to Japan.

Residents of the area expressed anger by throwing rocks and setting fire to about 80 US military vehicles following the incident in an area called Koza, which is now the city of Okinawa.


While it’s great to see this make national news in Japan, it’s sad that I had to learn of this outside of Okinawa. It’s definitely something none of my relatives in Okinawa — even those that live in Koza — ever talk about.

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