By Gavan McCormack, Satoko Oka Norimatsu

ISBN-10: 1442215623

ISBN-13: 9781442215627

Resistant Islands deals a complete evaluation of Okinawan background over part a millennium from the Ryukyu state to the current, focusing specially at the colonization through Japan, the islands' disastrous destiny in the course of international warfare II, and their next and carrying on with subordination to US army function.

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The relief law and its associated compensation scheme were used to “cover up the Japanese military’s crime against Okinawans”88 and to conceal the truth about the Battle of Okinawa. 89 The families, many of them impoverished, seem to have had little idea that they were applying for compensation by agreeing that their family members had died because of cooperating with the military. Yet Kinjo and the other plaintiffs did challenge Yasukuni and the state. indb 37 6/21/12 8:34 AM 38 Chapter 2 discontinued by the occupation forces as a state-sanctioned war memorial shrine and later revived as a private religious organization, has never agreed to remove any “gods” from its enshrined list.

Previously, a group of experienced teachers had acted as textbook examiners, ranking the textbooks and making recommendations to committee members. For the first time, committee members were empowered to choose from nonrecommended textbooks. 79 The Yaeyama textbook issue has to be seen in the light of recent moves to step up Japanese and US military presence and activities on and around these islands that border so closely on China and Taiwan, especially following the 2010 dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands (discussed in chapter 11).

44 “Comfort Stations” and Rape Wherever the Japanese military went, there were so-called comfort women, or military sex slaves—thousands of women from Korea, Japan, China, Philippines, and beyond who were forced into sex slavery systematically by the Japanese military—and Okinawa was no exception. ”45 Okinawa, including surrounding islands, had over 130 comfort stations with Okinawan, Japanese, and Korean women. 47 Malaria on Remote Islands The scourge of war was rampant not just on the islands where US troops landed, but also on remote islands where they did not land, including the Miyako and Yaeyama island groups, about three hundred to six hundred kilometers southwest of Okinawa Island, and Yonaguni, only one hundred kilometers from Taiwan and the westernmost point of Japanese territory.

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