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Title: Anti-futenma relocation movement in Okinawa : women's involvement and the impact of sit-in protest 
Author: Yamashiro, Rinda
Date: 2008
Abstract: This thesis examines how women's participation in the anti-U.S. military base movement in Okinawa influenced both the women themselves and the larger movement. I looked at the movement tat evolved in 1996 as a result of a new joint proposal between the United States and Japan. In reaction to Okinawans' anger toward the rape incident in 1995, the United States and Japan ser up a Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) to discuss measures to "reduce" the Okinawas' burden of living with a concentrated military presence on the island. Their proposal included the closure of U.S. Marine Corp Futenma Air Station, one of the most dangerous and deteriorated air stations in Okinawa. The closure, however, came with a condition: to relocate its function to elsewhere in Okinawa. Henoko Bay was selected as a relocation site - Japan proposed to build an air station on water, filling in the beautiful and resourceful ocean. The fight to stop the relocation began at that point and included the establishment of a number-of women's groups that have been fighting for demilitarization since 1995. This thesis focuses on the emergence and development of those women's groups. More specifically, I demonstrate how the beginning of a long sit-in protest in 2004 changed the course of the movement and strongly impacted not only the overall dynamic of the movement, but specifically women's involvement.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 116-121). vii, 121 leaves, bound 29 cm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20903
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.

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