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Making Micronesia: A Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama

David L. Hanlon


This is the story of Tosiwo Nakayama, the first president of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Nakayama grew up during Japan's colonial administration of greater Micronesia and later proved adept at adjusting to life in post-war Chuuk and under the American-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. More than any other individual, Nakayama is credited with managing the complex political discussions on Saipan in 1975 that resulted in a national constitution for the different Micronesian states that made up the Trust Territory. A proponent of independence, he was a key player i ... More

Keywords: Tosiwo Nakayama, Federated States of Micronesia, president, Pacific Islands, national constitution, independence, Compact of Free Association, colonialism, decolonization, nation-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838461
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David L. Hanlon, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa