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Sunday, April 01, 2018

2nd Edition of Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States 第二版が出版されました。



Book information on the publisher's website
日本語では2013年に『沖縄の〈怒〉-日米への抵抗』として法律文化社から出た英語の本の第二版がロウマン&リトルフィールド社からこの3月に出版されました。キンドル版、ペーパーバック版、ハードカバー版があります。英語版の初版が出た2012年以来、5年間に起こったことをまとめた章を14章として付け加えてあります。またこの本は、共著者両方に多大な影響とインスピレーションを与えた故・大田昌秀元沖縄県知事に捧げています。カバーの写真は、沖縄の写真家豊里友行(とよざと・ともゆき)氏によるもの。

Resistant Islands:
Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States
Second Edition

Co-authored by 
Gavan McCormack, emeritus professor of the Australian National University 
and
Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 

Cover photo by Okinawan photographer Toyozato Tomoyuki 

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 history of colonization by Japan, its disastrous fate during WWII, and its current status as a glorified US military base, supported by its client state Japan. This revised and expanded edition includes a substantive update in which the authors comprehensively analyze the dramatic events of the five years since the book was first published, including the deployment of MV-22 Ospreys, the Okinawa governor's approval of the new base, and the emergence and challenges of the "all-Okinawa movement."

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

In recent years, the main source of friction in the US–Japanese defense relationship has been local opposition to the basing of U.S. marines on the Japanese island of Okinawa. . . . McCormack and Norimatsu lay bare the resentment’s deeper historical roots. . . . The larger frame for McCormack and Norimatsu’s analysis is their sharply worded indictment of the US–Japanese relationship, which they believe is constructed not so much to defend Japan as to serve a US forward deployment strategy aimed at Southeast Asia and China.
— Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University; Foreign Affairs


The U.S. bases in Okinawa continue to be an irritant in bilateral relations. This book shifts our focus from Tokyo and Washington to the perceptions and grievances of Okinawans and why they oppose the US presence. The authors help readers understand a grassroots democratic movement challenging the garrison island status quo.
— Japan Times

Deeply informed and rich in insight, this study brings to light the conquest of the peaceful and prosperous territory of Okinawa, its brutal integration into the nation-state/imperial system of East Asia, and after the murderous slaughter of World War II its conversion to a U.S. military base under the administration of America’s Japanese client state. And finally the courageous resistance of a proud people determined to regain what has been lost in centuries of oppression and to lead the way to an Asian community of justice and hope. It is a tale of horror and inspiration, with lessons of large and enduring significance.
— Noam Chomsky, MIT

You may pick up this book because you think you ought to read an "Okinawan-centered" view of modern Japanese history, but you will find yourself riveted and wanting to recommend it to friends with no particular ties to Japan or Okinawa. The peculiar and noxious US-Japan dance designed to defer, preferably forever, respect for sovereignty, constitutionality, and democracy, in Japan as a whole and in Okinawa especially, makes for sober reading for citizens of the United States and the world. The outlines may be familiar to those who’ve had US interests reign paramount in their own societies, but the painstakingly researched details will find all readers catching their breath. The whole is written with the graceful clarity of principled commitment. The penultimate chapter, devoted to transmitting the voices of Okinawan activists spanning several generations, an enactment of such principle, is a gift to all readers.
— Norma Field, University of Chicago

Resistant Islands is a tour de force—not only a stunning introduction to the resilience and vision of the people of Okinawa but also a devastating critique of official Tokyo’s obsequiousness to dictates emanating from Washington.
— John Dower, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frankly speaking, there are things here that I myself [as Prime Minister of Japan, 2009-2010] was unaware of, including the documents published by Wikileaks. I am impressed at what a thorough job the authors have done.
— Hatoyama Yukio, Former Prime Minister of Japan

At last the indispensable book has appeared. These two non-Okinawan authors have a sensitivity to Okinawa greater than that of many Okinawans. They dig deeply to give us an extremely persuasive account of the problems facing Okinawa, For scholars who would seek the truth about Okinawa. For scholars who would seek the truth about Okinawa, this is a must-have book.
— Ota Masahide, Former Governor of Okinawa

• Winner, A Japan Times Outstanding Book of the Year 2012


Dedicated to Ota Masahide, 1925-2017 

Friend, Mentor, Inspiration
In gratitude, and in the hope that our book will help advance the causes to which you devoted your life 

From left: McCormack, Norimatsu, Ota. Naha, Okinawa, October 2013

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