Thursday, May 9, 2013

China 'reviews' Okinawa ownership in new territorial challenge to Japan ; Democracy and Class Struggle says Independence for the Ryukyu Islands is the answer

The People’s Daily article referred to the 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki, signed after China was defeated by Japan in a war.

The agreement ceded Taiwan and parts of the Liaodong peninsula to Japan, and China paid a fine and renounced Korea’s tributary status to China.

The scholars argued that the treaty was nullified with Japan’s defeat in World War II, and that this called into question Japan’s claim to the Ryukyus.

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.

                                                   Ryukyu Independence Flag

See Document of Revisionist Japanese Communist Party on US Okinawa bases

See Also about another suffering Island Jeju:

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