Thursday, April 20, 2017

Japanese People Protest US Okinawa Base : US Out Of Okinawa


The Ryūkyū independence movement (琉球独立運動 Ryūkyū Dokuritsu Undō?) or Republic of the Ryūkyūs (Japanese: 琉球共和国, Kyūjitai: 琉球共和國) is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan.

The movement emerged in 1945, after the end of the Pacific War. Some Ryukyuan people felt, as the Allied Occupation began, that the Ryukyus (Okinawa) should eventually become an independent state, instead of being returned to Japan

The majority pushed for unification with the mainland, hoping that this would hasten the end of the Allied Occupation there].

The US-Japan Security Treaty was signed in 1951 as re-unification occurred, and providing for the continuation of the American military presence. This set the stage for renewed political movement for Ryukyu independence.

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