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Research Seminar No.211, 28 June 2021
16:30-, The Interdivisional Education and Research Building, 5th Floor
「History of the Amami and Okinawa Islands Youth Groups in Occupied Japan」
(Faculty of Law, Economics and Humanities, Kagoshima University)
How did the young people of the Amami and Okinawa Islands live during the occupation period? This can be clarified by focusing on and investigating the Seinendan (Youth group) in Amami and Okinawa during that time. The Seinendan is an organization. Therefore, the Seinendan can solve community problems that cannot be settled by individuals. Examining the activities of the Seinendan is also the task of understanding the reality and wishes of young individuals and groups of young people under American occupation.
The purpose of this presentation is to examine the history of the Amami and Okinawa Islands Seinendans during the occupation period and to consider the actual situation of Amami and Okinawa under the occupation system. In this study, I will focus on the bulletins such as “Okinawa Seinen” (Okinawa) and “Shinseinen” (Amami) published by the Seinendans. Through a comparative study of these collections, I would like to show the unique steps of the Amami and Okinawa Islands Seinendan organizations during the occupation era.
It is well-known that the Seinendans of mainland Japan were rebuilt after the World War Ⅱ, and although there are regional differences, they have dealt with community issues and been engaged in cultural movements. However, in the case of the Amami and Okinawa Islands, there are unique developments that are different from those of the mainland, and it is necessary to clarify their own history. The precondition for community issues in the Amami and Okinawa Islands was the fact that they were directly controlled by the United States and separated from the mainland. This was significantly different from the view of community issues for the youth groups in mainland Japan.