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Making MicronesiaA Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama$
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David L. Hanlon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838461

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838461.001.0001

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Constituting a Nation

Constituting a Nation

(p.128) Chapter 5 Constituting a Nation
Making Micronesia

David Hanlon

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at Tosiwo Nakayama's role in the creation of a constitution for a Micronesian government. Nakayama stood before the assembled delegates to the Micronesian Constitutional Convention on July 12, 1975 and stated that the time to create a constitution for a Micronesian government was “now or never.” He firmly believed that the convention offered the only real opportunity to create the foundations for an independent, self-governing entity for islands that were under the control of other countries for too long. The ultimate success of the convention in approving a draft constitution resulted in no small part from the efforts of the man chosen to be its president, Nakayama himself. He was not just overseeing the drafting of a constitution but actually helping to constitute a nation based on shared historical experiences and cultural connections.

Keywords:   Tosiwo Nakayama, Micronesian government, Micronesian Constitutional Convention, draft constitution, Micronesian constitution

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