The return of the Amami Islands : the reversion movement and U.S.-Japan relations / Robert D. Eldridge.

Eldridge, Robert D. [Browse]
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2004.
xxx, 223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


Studies of modern Japan. [More in this series]
Summary note
  • "From January 1946 through December 1953, the residents of the Amami Islands underwent a period now referred to as ryuri no hibi (the days of trial): like Okinawa, these islands had been politically and administratively separated from Japan and placed under U.S. military rule. Robert D. Eldridge documents the drawn-out debates and the decisions that led to the complete reunification of the Amami Islands with Japan. He carefully traces the U.S. military's insistence on occupying Okinawa and the Amami Islands under the rationale of increased international security; the U.S.
  • "State Department's desire to uphold the Atlantic Charter by rejecting territorial expansion; Amamian activists' assertive argument for reversion to Japanese rule; and the Japanese government's work to reach an agreement with the United States. Eldridge draws on original documents from the reversion movement, several volumes of memoirs and remembrances written by participants in the movement, and numerous declassified documents of the Japanese and U.S. governments.
  • "Scholars of international relations, including those who study Okinawa's long tenure under U.S. military rule, will learn much from this nuanced and revealing account of an important but oft-neglected occurrence in U.S.-Japan relations."--Jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-214) and index.
Action note
Committed to retain in perpetuity — ReCAP Shared Collection (HUL)
  • Introduction: A Brief History of the Amami Islands
  • U.S. Pre-Reversion Policy toward Amami and Okinawa
  • The Amami Reversion Movement and its Impact
  • The Japanese Government and the "Amami-Okinawa Problem"
  • The Eisenhower Administration and the Decision to Return the Amami Islands
  • The Amami Reversion Negotiations and Bilateral Agreement
  • Amami Reversion Agreement, December 24, 1953
  • Exchanged Notes, December 24, 1953
  • Unpublished Minutes of Joint Committee Meeting, December 24, 1953
  • Security Treaty Between Japan and the United States, September 8, 1951
  • Administrative Agreement, February 28, 1952
  • Exchanged Notes Regarding Administrative Agreement, February 28, 1952.
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