From US Children of Vietnam Vets Bring Message of Solidarity to Okinawa by Jon Mitchell:
This article originally appeared in The Japan Times, September 2012. Reprinted with permission. Heather Bowser
Residents of Okinawa Island have recently been confronted with mounting evidence that their land used to be a major storage site for the toxic US defoliant Agent Orange.
Over the past 18 months, dozens of US veterans have claimed that they were poisoned by the dioxin-tainted chemical while stationed on Okinawa Island during the Vietnam War. At the time, the island was under US jurisdiction and a staging post for the conflict in Southeast Asia in which millions of liters of defoliant were sprayed in an attempt to rob enemy forces of jungle cover and crops. Last month, a US Army document was discovered that seems to prove Okinawa veterans' claims; the report states that 25,000 barrels of Agent Orange were stored on the island prior to 1972... Read More