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Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States

McCormack, Gavan
Norimatsu, Satoko Oka

978 1 4422 1563 4
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Publication date:
8 March 2018

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Now in a thoroughly updated edition, Resistant Islands offers the first comprehensive overview of Okinawan history from earliest times to the present, focusing especially on the recent period of colonization by Japan, its disastrous fate during World War II, and its current status as a glorified US military base. The base is a hot-button issue in Japan and has become more widely known in the wake of Japan's 2011 natural disasters and the US military role in emergency relief. Okinawa rejects the base-dominated role allocated it by the US and Japanese governments under which priority attaches to its military functions, as a kind of stationary aircraft carrier. The result has been to throw US-Japan relations into crisis, bringing down one prime minister who tried to stop construction of yet another base on the island and threatening the incumbent if he is unable to deliver Okinawan approval of the new base. Okinawa thus has become a template for reassessing the troubled US-Japan relationship--indeed, the geopolitics of the US empire of bases in the Pacific.

Table of contents: 

Preface to the Second Edition Notes on Names Chronology Chapter 1: Ryukyu/Okinawa: From Disposal to Resistance Chapter 2: War, Memory, and Commemoration Chapter 3: Japan's American Embrace and the Partnership for Peace and Prosperity Chapter 4: Okinawa: Separation and Reversion Chapter 5: Henoko: The Unwanted Base Chapter 6: The Hatoyama Revolt Chapter 7: Post-Cold War: Elections and Democracy Chapter 8: Environment: The Nonassessment Chapter 9: Deepening the Alliance: The Kan Agenda Chapter 10: Deepening the Alliance: Washington Agendas Chapter 11: Senkaku/Diaoyu: Okinawa as Militarized Outpost or as Bridge of Nations? Chapter 12: Turning History Around: History as Lived Experience Chapter 13: Prospect Chapter 14: The All-Okinawa Movement since 2013 Bibliography Index About the Authors


Gavan McCormack is emeritus professor at the Australian National University. Satoko Oka Norimatsu is an editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.




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