Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives)

Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives)

Gavan McCormack


Resistant Islands bargains a finished review of Okinawan background over part a millennium from the Ryukyu nation to the current, focusing specifically at the colonization via Japan, the islands' disastrous destiny in the course of international battle II, and their next and carrying on with subordination to US army function.

Adopting a people-centered view of Japan’s submit chilly battle heritage and the US-Japan courting, the authors specialize in the fifteen-year Okinawan fight to safe the go back of Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, positioned in the course of a bustling residential zone, from US to Okinawan keep watch over. additionally they spotlight the Okinawan resistance to the united states and eastern governments’ plan to construct a alternative new base at Henoko, at the environmentally delicate northeastern shore of Okinawa. 40 years after Okinawa's belated "return" to Japan from direct US rule, its humans reject the continued army function assigned their islands, below which they're required to proceed to connect precedence to US procedure.

In a continual and deepening resistance with no precedent in Japan's glossy historical past, a peripheral and oppressed zone stands up opposed to the relevant executive and its international superpower best friend. One fresh top minister who attempted to satisfy key Okinawan calls for used to be introduced down through bureaucratic and political strain from Tokyo and Washington. His successors fight in useless to discover a formulation that may let them meet US calls for but in addition assuage Okinawan anger. Okinawa turns into a beacon of citizen democracy as its struggles increase key concerns approximately well known sovereignty, democracy and human rights, and the way forward for Japan and the Asia-Pacific.

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