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Resistant Islands free pdf This book 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 WWII, and its current status as a glorified U.S. military base. The base issue is a hugely hot-button controversy in Japan and has become more widely known in the wake of Japan's recent natural disasters and the U.S. military role in emergency relief. Adopting an "Okinawa-centered" view of Japan's post-Cold War history and the U.S.-Japan strategic relationship, the authors focus on the 15-year Okinawan resistance against the U.S. and Japanese governments' plan to build a new Marine air/naval base at Henoko, on the northeastern shore of Okinawa. They set these contentious issues in the context of Okinawa's pivotal role in U.S. Pacific strategy, particularly its recasting in the post-Cold War era. More broadly, Okinawa rejects the base-dominated role allocated it by the U.S. and Japanese governments under which priority attaches to its military functions, as a kind ofstationeryaircraft carrier. The result has been to throw U.S.- Japan relations into crisis, bringing down one prime minister 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 U.S.-Japan relationship- indeed, the geopolitics of the U.S. empire of bases in the Pacific.

About Gavan McCormack

Gavan McCormack is emeritus professor at the Australian National University and author of a number of studies of modern and contemporary East Asia, including Client State: Japan in the American Embrace (2007), which was also translated and published in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe (2004), and The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence (1996). Satoko Oka Norimatsu is director of Peace Philosophy Centre (est. 2006), a peace education organization that engages world citizens in learning and acting to create a fair and sustainable world, and provides key information through the Centre's widely-read website (www.peacephilosophy.com) on issues such as the military occupation of Okinawa, the history and memory of World War II, and abolition of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. The authors are coordinators of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (www.japanfocus.org), which in 2008 was awarded the Inaugural Ikemiyagi Shui Prize by the Okinawan daily Ryukyu Shimpo for the dissemination of Okinawan issues to the world.

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Author : Gavan McCormack
Publisher : Rowman
Data Published : 16 July 2012
ISBN : 1442215623
EAN : 9781442215627
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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