- 北東アジア地域研究 (ISSN:1882692X)
- no.15, pp.51-64, 2009-10-01
The aim of this essay is to consider the impact of Japanese intellectual thought on the "anti-reversion debate" in Okinawa. The anti-reversion debate not only opposed the reversion of Okinawa to Japan, but also rejected the idea of Okinawan independence. This is because the anti-reversion debate was an ideological endeavor that refused a state model based on national identity. The essay proceeds by analyzing two strains of thought considered to have exerted substantial influence on the anti-reversion debate: Shimao Toshio's `Yaponesia' writings, and Japanese anarchism of the 1960s. I discuss how these influences from mainland Japan were actually received, in particular by Arakawa Akira, commonly regarded to be the central figure of the anti-reversion debate. Finally, I show how these two ideologies influenced the anti-reversion debate, concluding that while Shimao's Yaponesia writings provided a positive appraisal of national identity, anarchism contributed to a rejection of the state. Furthermore, I highlight the potential value of considering the anti-reversion debate in future discussions on Northeast Asia.