Former US president Richard Nixon welcomes then Japanese prime minister Eisaku Sato to the White House in 1969. Photo: AP

Ex-US president Nixon and Japan agreed to deny existence of secret deal to place nuclear weapons in Okinawa, documents show

  • Memorandum uncovered from presidential library of late US leader sheds further light on long-rumoured agreement between Washington and Tokyo
  • Retaining the right to store the weapons in the prefecture was a condition America laid out before agreeing to return it to Japanese control in 1971
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Former US president Richard Nixon welcomes then Japanese prime minister Eisaku Sato to the White House in 1969. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.