Friday, December 31, 2010
Independent State of Okinawa?
The Ryukyu/Liuqiu Kingdom was an independent country until Japan annexed the islands in 1879 when the Chinese dynasty was weak. Since then, the Japanese have called it Okinawa. Recently, Kina Shokichi, a former member of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), published the book titled Okinawa no Jikokentteiken[Okinawa’s Right to Autonomy], on 31 May 2010. What Kina has proposed is that Okinawa should be an independent state. According to the Japanese media, Prime Minister Kan Naoto told Kina that “Okinawa should just become independent (Japan Times17 June 2010),” if negotiations to remove the American bases in Okinawa are not resolvable. If the majority of people in Okinawa are not happy regarding the Japanese government’s policies toward Okinawa, they might have the right of the self-determination. In fact, people in East Timor, which is newly state in the Asian region, got their self-determination from Indonesia. Yet, the right-wing in the mainland Japan will be extremely be unhappy if Okinawa became an independent state.