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val last weekend. "They accept
iis ipore readily than-people in
most Japanese ports do."
Austin, of Dallas, is a sonar
technician on the USS Thach> a
guided missile frigate that an-
chored outside Shimoda's har-
bor for the festival.
BY JOSEPH OWEN
Stripes Tokyo Bureau Chief
SHIMODA — Anywhere else,
it would seem strange to cele-
brate a time when strangers
came ^nd threatened to bom-
bard your country's coast.
But in not in Shimoda, one of Shimoda, where the United
two Japanese ports that opened States set up its first diplomatic
to trade after U.& Commodore post in Japan, now makes its
Matthew 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, a
Judging 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 Embassy
dinanly friendly," said Petty BlackShips. • militarv bands
„, ^J^Tf' on m flwfilTI g^s they did go an awful
lot out of their way to make us
But Perry's arrival in his
fleet 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.
Officer 2nd Class Paul Austin U.S. participation at the festi-
as he roamed among the water- vatalso mcluded a Marine color
front food booths set up for the guard from Yokosuka Naval
city's annual Black Ships Festi- Base's Marine Barracks, a dele- feel at home," said Petty Offi-
cer 1st Class John Fowler, a
postal clerk on the Thach.
The Carbon Hill, ni., native
said city officials gave each
Thach crew member more than
4,000 yen — about $35 — in
free tickets to board a Black
Hiroshima are the only two cit-
ies ever to be bombed with
"It's the warmth here. People
are really nice to you," said
Petty Officer 2nd Class James
Reid, an engineman from Hous-
Ship replica, ride a cable car ton. Ried was in the company of
and attend a jazz festival. Hiroshi Nakamura, a Tokyo-
Japanese lined up at one born Shimoda resident who
wharf to ride a fishing boat out spontaneously invited Reid and
tp°the Thach on Friday and Sat- another sailor to tour the area
urday, 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 Yokosuka
allow boarding of the Thach for Naval Base, was one of^the
tours. v Navy's representatives at a cer-
"They mob us when they're emonial wreath-laying at a
going out to the ship," said Pet-
ty Officer 1st Class John Mark-
ley, of Irvine, Calif., who was
selling Thach hats, belt buckles,
shirts arid other memorabilia at
a small table on the wharf.
Black Ships memorial
/'Small, quaint and green,"
she said, when asked for her
impressions of Shimoda.
She said her British-born
husband Pat Carroll also rode
"The old-timers come in and in an official car in the parade
The U.S. Army Japan band marches in a Saturday parade in Shimoda,
show us their (USS) Carl Vin-
son, Hewitt, Kitty Hawk
(hats)," he said.Some sailors said Shimoda's
reception was niuch friendlier
than the one they received in
Nagasaki, where anti-military
on Saturday. Helweg said the
Japanese seemed amazed to see
her, a female U.S. Navy officer,
wearing a dress-white uniform
with a gold sword. ,
"That was an extrordinary
experience, to be the center of
protesters gathered to meet the attention for thousands of cam-
ship as it arrived. Nagasaki and eras," Carroll said. .
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The Associated Press• . -.. ".-••:•• \
MANILA — The Philippines
lias sent a navy ^patrol ship to
guard a South China Sea shoal
from Chinese incursions, De-
fense Secretary Renatode Villa
The move followed a series of
protests by the two sides over
''each other's actions in disputed
De Villa said the patrol ship
was sent to Scarborough Shoal,
132 miles off the western Phil-
ippine province of Zambales.
"We're i worried ... that these
would happen over and over
again," De Villa said of recent
Chinese intrusions at the shoal
and near Philippine-held areas
in the dlsputedjjfpratly Islands,
also in the South China Sea.
Philippine officials say the
, shoal belongs to the Philippines
because it lies within its, 200-
mile exclusive economic zone. ;
De'Villa suggested that Pl^il-
ippine sovereignty over the
shoal was evident when the U.S.
Navy used it for bombing and
naval gunfire exercises while
occupying Subic Naval Base.
U.S: forces withdrew from the
base in 1992.
He said two Chinese boats
went to.the shoal April SO^ur-
portedl/'for an amateur radio
;^rotip^activity with two Am0ri-
cans and a Japanese, but the
Chinese planted their flag.
Filipino fishermen later re-
moved the flag and hoisted a
Philippine flag, Philippine offi-
The Chinese Embassy in Ma:
nila said in a statement last
Tuesda^ that Philippine navy
ships drove the Chinese boats
away from the shoal "unjusti-
It said the 'Philippine action
violated Chinese sovereignty
over the shoal and warned that
a repeat could strain relations.
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