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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan PACIFIC STARS ARD STRIPES TUfSDAY, HAY 20,1997 3oJval last weekend. "They acceptiis ipore readily than-people inmost Japanese ports do."Austin, of Dallas, is a sonartechnician on the USS Thach> aguided missile frigate that an-chored outside Shimoda's har-bor for the festival.BY JOSEPH OWENStripes Tokyo Bureau ChiefSHIMODA — Anywhere else,it would seem strange to cele-brate a time when strangerscame ^nd threatened to bom-bard your country's coast.But in not in Shimoda, one of Shimoda, where the Unitedtwo Japanese ports that opened States set up its first diplomaticto trade after U.& Commodore post in Japan, now makes itsMatthew C. Perry and his Black living from fishing, shipbuild-Ships forced Japan's shogunate mgandiood processing.government to end its two-and-a-half-century policy of isola-tion in 1854, aJudging by the accounts ofPerry's Navy successors, Shi-moda remains a very open port. Even the manhole covers are"The people here are extrabr- embossed with renderings ; of tion f[Qm the us Embassydinanly friendly," said Petty BlackShips. • militarv bands„, ^J^Tf' on m flwfilTI g^s they did go an awfullot out of their way to make usBut Perry's arrival in hisfleet of sailing ships and thechange it brought to Japan still . . ,form a crucial part of the city's Two ensigns from the OSS Thach share a few lawghs with Japanese men who invitedidentity. their table on a SNimoda street bSoclced off for last weekend's Black Ships Festival.Owen/Stripesie?n toOfficer 2nd Class Paul Austin U.S. participation at the festi-as he roamed among the water- vatalso mcluded a Marine colorfront food booths set up for the guard from Yokosuka Navalcity's annual Black Ships Festi- Base's Marine Barracks, a dele- feel at home," said Petty Offi-cer 1st Class John Fowler, apostal clerk on the Thach.The Carbon Hill, ni., nativesaid city officials gave eachThach crew member more than4,000 yen — about $35 — infree tickets to board a BlackHiroshima are the only two cit-ies ever to be bombed withatomic weapons."It's the warmth here. Peopleare really nice to you," saidPetty Officer 2nd Class JamesReid, an engineman from Hous-Ship replica, ride a cable car ton. Ried was in the company ofand attend a jazz festival. Hiroshi Nakamura, a Tokyo-Japanese lined up at one born Shimoda resident whowharf to ride a fishing boat out spontaneously invited Reid andtp°the Thach on Friday and Sat- another sailor to tour the areaurday, although when the boat in his car.cleared the Izu Peninsula har- Cmdr, Gretchen Helweg,bor, the sea was too choppy to chief staff officer at Yokosukaallow boarding of the Thach for Naval Base, was one of^thetours. v Navy's representatives at a cer-"They mob us when they're emonial wreath-laying at agoing out to the ship," said Pet-ty Officer 1st Class John Mark-ley, of Irvine, Calif., who wasselling Thach hats, belt buckles,shirts arid other memorabilia ata small table on the wharf.Black Ships memorial/'Small, quaint and green,"she said, when asked for herimpressions of Shimoda.She said her British-bornhusband Pat Carroll also rode"The old-timers come in and in an official car in the paradeThe U.S. Army Japan band marches in a Saturday parade in Shimoda,Oven/Stripesshow us their (USS) Carl Vin-son, Hewitt, Kitty Hawk(hats)," he said.Some sailors said Shimoda'sreception was niuch friendlierthan the one they received inNagasaki, where anti-militaryon Saturday. Helweg said theJapanese seemed amazed to seeher, a female U.S. Navy officer,wearing a dress-white uniformwith a gold sword. ,"That was an extrordinaryexperience, to be the center ofprotesters gathered to meet the attention for thousands of cam-ship as it arrived. Nagasaki and eras," Carroll said. .Philippiiies sends navy ship to stop Chinese incursions on shoal-•:'••' v I/ir ••* •••-• -.-•• •'•••••',-'; * •*• . J. .. . .-The Associated Press• . -.. ".-••:•• \MANILA — The Philippineslias sent a navy ^patrol ship toguard a South China Sea shoalfrom Chinese incursions, De-fense Secretary Renatode Villasaid Sunday.The move followed a series ofprotests by the two sides over''each other's actions in disputedareas.0De Villa said the patrol shipwas sent to Scarborough Shoal,132 miles off the western Phil-ippine province of Zambales."We're i worried ... that thesewould happen over and overagain," De Villa said of recentChinese intrusions at the shoaland near Philippine-held areasin the dlsputedjjfpratly Islands,also in the South China Sea.Philippine officials say the, shoal belongs to the Philippinesbecause it lies within its, 200-mile exclusive economic zone. ;De'Villa suggested that Pl^il-ippine sovereignty over theshoal was evident when the U.S.Navy used it for bombing andnaval gunfire exercises whileoccupying Subic Naval Base.U.S: forces withdrew from thebase in 1992.He said two Chinese boatswent to.the shoal April SO^ur-portedl/'for an amateur radio;^rotip^activity with two Am0ri-cans and a Japanese, but theChinese planted their flag.Filipino fishermen later re-moved the flag and hoisted aPhilippine flag, Philippine offi-cials said.The Chinese Embassy in Ma:nila said in a statement lastTuesda^ that Philippine navyships drove the Chinese boatsaway from the shoal "unjusti-fiably,"It said the 'Philippine actionviolated Chinese sovereigntyover the shoal and warned thata repeat could strain relations.STARS ANIf STRIPES is puWisM daily: Sty (75* Sunday) per copy or $16.25 per month. 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