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The Okinawan Diaspora in JapanCrossing the Borders Within$
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Steve Rabson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835347

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835347.001.0001

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Being Okinawan in Japan Today (1972–)

Being Okinawan in Japan Today (1972–)

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The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan

Steve Rabson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Okinawa and its relations with mainland Japan during the postwar years up to the present. The end of American military occupation marking the first Reversion Day in 1972, at a time when Japan's so-called miracle of super-high growth was starting belatedly to show effects in Okinawan communities on the mainland, instilled greater self-confidence among residents and jumpstarted economic and cultural developments, culminating in an “Okinawan Boom”—the increasing mainland fascination with Okinawa. The chapter recounts the mixed blessings arising from these developments, and comments on the lingering discrimination in postwar Japan, the responses to this prejudice—particularly from the children of Okinawan migrants—as well as the connections established between Okinawa and the mainland and the changing social relations between Okinawans and mainland Japanese concurrent with these events.

Keywords:   postwar Japan, postwar Okinawa, reversion, Okinawan Boom, discrimination, prejudice, Okinawan migrants, social relations, Okinawan identity

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