Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this Marine Corps book is first and foremost a study on the "intra-alliance" dynamics in which one country, the United States, continued to occupy and administer islands that were recognized as Japanese territory but, for a number of reasons, the United States and its wartime allies felt necessary to continue to administer. The longer this control continued, the more unnecessary it was seen by increasingly larger segments of the public and government of both countries due to the political erosion of the relationship caused by this friction. The question for policy makers and political leaders was finding the balance between security concerns, reversion demands, and national sentiment (in both countries), particularly as it related to the memory and sacrifices at Iwo Jima, in an effort to maintain friendly and cooperative relations. Eventually, the U.S. government agreed to Japanese requests to return the islands and this was done on 26 June 1968, a full four years prior to the even more problematic, but strategically important, Okinawa.
How and why did the United States come to occupy and administer the islands? What was the Navy's administration like for the islands? How did the Japanese government feel about the islands being under U.S. control? How and when did the United States decide to return the islands? How were the negotiations over the reversion agreement handled?
Some topics covered include Ronin, shogun, MacArthur, Haha Jima, Chichi Jima, Marcus Island, Ogasawara.
The Bonin (Ogasawara) and Volcano (Kazan) Islands * Chapter 1 - History of the Islands to the Pacific War * Chapter 2 - The War and the Battle of Iwo Jima * Chapter 3 - The Bonin Islands During the War * Chapter 4 - The Peace Treaty and Island Disposition * Chapter 5 - Naval Administration and Chichi Jima Life, 1945-68 * Chapter 6 - Bilateral Problem: Reversion and Repatriation, 1952-57 * Chapter 7 - Bilateral Problem: Compensation, Visits, and Rites, 1957-67 * Chapter 8 - The Reversion, 1967-68 * Conclusion
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