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Articles by Gavan McCormack

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Gavan McCormack is emeritus professor of the Australian National University in Canberra, a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a founding editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. His recent publications include:Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States, (co-authored with Satoko Oka Norimatsu), second, revised and expanded, paperback edition, 2018 (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese editions available);The State of the Japanese State: Contested Identity, Direction and Role, Folkestone, Kent, Renaissance Books, 2018; and “Ryukyu/Okinawa’s trajectory: from periphery to centre, 1600-2015,” in Sven Saaler and Christopher W.A. Szpilman, eds., Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History. He writes regularly on Okinawan and Japanese matters at The Asia-Pacific Journal. A shorter version of this article, without notes, was published in the Australian online Pearls and Irritations, June 2022.



Japan’s Drive for Military Greatness in the Lengthening Shadow of US-China Confrontation

Global Agendas 2022 - NATO and RIMPAC

A Japanese Initiative for Peace in the Russia-Ukraine War

Militarism Outguns Democracy in Okinawa Politics

Japan, Korea, and Northeast Asia - the Abe Shinzo Legacy

Glasgow COP-26: Japan and Australia Weigh their Energy Options

The Prospect of Political Change in Japan – Elections 2021

ORIPARA – Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games and Beyond

Yi Hak-nae and the Burma–Thailand Railway
Tokyo 2020-21: The Troubled Games of the XXXll Olympiad
Japan, Australia, and the Rejigging of Asia-Pacific Alliances
Abe Shinzo and Japan’s One-Strong (Ikkyo) State
Irresistible Force (Japan) Versus Immovable Object (Okinawa): Struggle Without End?
The North Korean Peace Process and the Abduction Problem: A Japanese Role?¹
The Henoko Base Project: Okinawa’s Tamaki Government at the Brink
Grappling with Clientelism: The Japanese State and Okinawa under Abe Shinzo
A New Governor and a New Era for Okinawa Reflections of an All-Okinawa Activist
Hidaka Rokuro, 1917-2018 – The Life and Times of an Embattled Japanese Intellectual
The Abe State and Okinawan Protest – High Noon 2018
Five Okinawan Views on the Nago Mayoral Election of February 2018: Implications for Japanese Democracy
U.S. Military Base Construction at Henoko-Oura Bay and the Okinawan Governor’s Strategy to Stop It
North Korea and a Rules-Based Order for the Indo-Pacific, East Asia, and the World
“There Will Be No Stopping the Okinawan Resistance,” an Interview with Yamashiro Hiroji
The Japanese State versus the People of Okinawa: Rolling Arrests and Prolonged and Punitive Detention
Japan: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s Agenda
Okinawa: NGO Appeal to the United Nations and to US Military and Government over Base Matters, December 2015 and December 2016
Grassroots Struggle in the US and Okinawa: The Visible and the Invisible
Looking Towards Nirai Kanai
Japan’s Problematic Prefecture – Okinawa and the US-Japan Relationship
“Ceasefire” on Oura Bay: The March 2016 Japan-Okinawa “Amicable Agreement” Introduction and Six Views from within the Okinawan Anti-Base Movement
The Ginowan Mayoral – Okinawan Currents and Counter-Currents
Battle Stations—Okinawa in 2016
To the Courts! To the Streets! Okinawa at December 2015
What’s Hot
Urgent Okinawan Appeal for Help
Introduction: The Experts Report and the Future of Okinawa
To Whom Does the Sea Belong? Questions Posed by the Henoko Assessment
Striving for “Normalization” – Korea-Japan Civic Cooperation and the Attempt to Resolve the “Comfort Women” problem
“All Japan” versus “All Okinawa” - Abe Shinzo’s Military-Firstism
Storm Ahead: Okinawa's Outlook for 2015
The End of the Postwar? The Abe Government, Okinawa, and Yonaguni Island
The Front Line in the Struggle for Democracy in Japan – Nago City, Okinawa
Bitter Soup For Okinawans - The Governor’s Year-End Betrayal
Introduction: The Continued Saga of the Henoko Base and Japan-US-Okinawa Relations
Special Issue: The Continued Saga of the Henoko Base and Japan-US-Okinawa Relations (Table of Contents)
Okinawa’s “Darkest Year”
Japan’s Client State (Zokkoku) Problem
Okinawa Facing a Hot Summer: Introduction and Four Texts translated from Japanese
Much Ado over Small Islands: The Sino-Japanese Confrontation over Senkaku/Diaoyu
Okinawans Facing a Year of Trial: the Okinawa-Japan-US Relationship and the East China Sea
What’s Hot
Doug Bandow: Give Okinawa Back To The Okinawans
What’s Hot
Fukushima: An Assessment of the Quake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown —
What’s Hot
Dilemma of a Japanese Island: Territorial Defense in the East China Sea and Yonaguni Island
What’s Hot
Abe Days Are Here Again: Japan in the World
Yonaguni: Dilemmas of a Frontier Island in the East China Sea
Ryukyu/Okinawa, From Disposal to Resistance
Troubled Seas: Japan’s Pacific and East China Sea Domains (and Claims)
Okinawa’s Nature Groaning – Let’s Turn Mt Kushi into a Forest of Life. On the Sixtieth Anniversary of the San Francisco Treaty and the Fortieth Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion to Japan−−6040
North Korea's 100th – Celebrations Gone Awry100−−
North Korea's 100th – To Celebrate or To Surrender?100−−
Mage – Japan’s Island Beyond the Reach of the Law−−
Okinawa, New Year 2012: Tokyo’s Year End Surprise Attack
Discordant Visitors: Japanese and Okinawan Messages to the US−−
Deception and Diplomacy: The US, Japan, and Okinawa−− •Japanese text available
Hubris Punished: Japan as Nuclear State−−
Contested Waters - Contested Texts: Storm over Korea's West Sea−−
New Year 2011, Okinawa and the Future of East Asia2011

Small Islands – Big Problem: Senkaku/Diaoyu and the Weight of History and Geography in China-Japan Relations

The Battle of Okinawa 2010: Japan-US Relations at a Crossroad2010−−
Ideas, Identity and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: The Sato Masaru Phenomenon−−
Ampo's Troubled 50th: Hatoyama's Abortive Rebellion, Okinawa's Mounting Resistance and the US-Japan Relationship - Part 150—1
Ampo's Troubled 50th: Hatoyama's Abortive Rebellion, Okinawa's Mounting Resistance and the US-Japan Relationship - Part 250—2
Ampo's Troubled 50th: Hatoyama's Abortive Rebellion, Okinawa's Mounting Resistance and the US-Japan Relationship - Part 350—3 [Macedonian, Ukrania, Russian and PolishTranslations Available]
The Travails of a Client State: An Okinawan Angle on the 50th Anniversary of the US-Japan Security Treaty−−
The US-Japan 'Alliance', Okinawa, and Three Looming Elections
Electing a Town Mayor in Okinawa: Report from the Nago Trenches [Updated] [Korean translation available]
The Battle of Okinawa 2009: Obama vs Hatoyama [Japanese translation]
The Road to Copenhagen [Korean and Japanese translations available]
History Too Long Denied: Japan's Unresolved Colonial Past and Today's North Korea Problem
Security Council Condemnation of North Korean "UFO" Deepens Korean Crisis
Grappling with Cold War History: Korea's Embattled Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Hillary in Japan - The Enforcer
Okinawa's Turbulent 400 Years [Japanese text available]
Facing the Past: War and Historical Memory in Japan and Korea [Korean text available]
The Okinawan Alternative to Japan's Dependent Militarism [Japanese translation available]
Korea at 60 [Korean translation available]
August Nuclear Thoughts: the New Proliferation (Available in Korean)
Okinawa Says "No" to US-Japan Base Plan
"Conservatism" and "Nationalism". The Japan Puzzle
Japan as a Plutonium Superpower
North Korea and the Birth Pangs of a New Northeast Asian Order
Abe and Okinawa: Collision Course?
Japan as a Nuclear State
Fitting Okinawa into Japan the "Beautiful Country"
A Denuclearization Deal in Beijing: The Prospect of Ending the 20th Century in East Asia
Yokohama and Seoul: Dealing With Crimes of State in Japan and South Korea
The Okinawan Election and Resistance to Japan's Military First Politics
Criminal States: Soprano vs. Baritone - North Korea and the US
Japan's Political and Constitutional Crossroads
"The North Korean Problem", Japan and the US: The Politics of Hypocrisy