127. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State’s Staff Director (Hartman) to the Members of the Senior Interdepartmental Group 1
Washington, June 22, 1968.
- IRG/EA Paper: “US Policy on Forthcoming Ryukyu Elections”
There is attached a paper on US policy toward the forthcoming Ryukyu elections forwarded by the Acting Chairman, IRG/EA, for SIG approval.
We will be in touch with your staffs on this matter.
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Agency File, SIG, Vol. V, 40th Meeting, June 27, 1968. Secret; Exdis.↩
- A copy of the minutes of the IRG/EA meeting held on June 17 is attached but not printed.↩
- In his memorandum of July 15, Hartman recorded SIG members’ approval of the paper. The JCS raised the sole reservation to the paper’s conclusions and recommendations by reaffirming their previous recommendation that the B–52s remain on Okinawa. (Memorandum from Hartman and memorandum from McConnell, July 13; Johnson Library, National Security File, Agency File, SIG, Vol. V, 40th Meeting, June 27, 1968)↩
- The “Conclusions and Recommendations” portion of this paper was sent to Tokyo and Naha in telegram 170651, May 24, for comment. In telegram 8630 from Tokyo, May 25, both the Embassy and High Commissioner notified Washington of their acceptance of the draft without modification. (National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 19 RYU IS)↩
- On June 4, however, the Embassy and HICOM reported that: “Issue of Okinawan participation in Japanese Diet has ‘ripened’ within past few months to point where Embassy and HICOMRY recommend we concede carefully limited, non-voting participation for Okinawans and seek coordinate with LDP and OLDP scenario for announcement of concession which will do Nishime most good in his race for Chief Executive.” The Embassy suggested that HICOM, Nishime, the LDP, and eventually key members of the Japanese Government agree to a program acceptable to all sides that would be publicly presented as the “Nishime Plan.” The plan would be submitted to the U.S. and Japanese Governments, which, after making “appropriate noises to effect his plan not an easy one to accept,” would agree to the Nishime Plan. (Telegram 8897 from Tokyo, June 4; ibid., POL 15–2 JAPAN) The Department of State concurred in telegram 182373, June 13. (Ibid.) After a meeting with the High Commissioner on July 11, the “Nishime Plan” was begun. (Telegrams HC–LN 819501 and HC–LN 819505 from the HICOMRY, July 12; ibid., POL 19 RYU IS)↩