By Koji Takaki, Jim Laurier

'B-29!' No different time period struck such terror within the hearts of the japanese public in the course of international battle 2 than this unmarried, most-hated identify. It was once then in simple terms normal that the pilots who tried to shoot those high-flying Boeing bombers out of the skies over Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kobe may still develop into often called the elite of the japanese military Air strength. This booklet info the exploits of the ‘Dragon Slayers’ who, flying the very most modern unmarried- and twin-engined combatants, exacted a heavy toll at the AAF Boeing bombers utilizing a number strategies together with ramming.

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Collective identity formation (Melucci 1996), the shared learning involved in developing ‘repertoires of collective action’ (Tilly 1978) and the development of ‘frames to establish agreed upon meanings of collective action’ (Snow and Benford 1992) all, in various ways, lend support to the idea of a world in which meaning – whether of the future, present or even the past – is permanently contestable and open to negotiation. It is as much made as it is given. This constructed world can much more easily accommodate contradictions.

In short, the new conflicts are not sparked by problems of distribution, but concern the grammar of forms of life. (Habermas 1981: 33) Though with some qualifications, these observations, I will argue in the course of this book, hold good for Okinawa – particularly since reversion. In Okinawa, during the first – and second – ‘wave’ of postwar mass protest, major concerns driving collective action were directly connected to ‘materialist’ demands, such as land repatriation and base workers’ working conditions.

As a matter of fact, the Okinawan community of protest lacks the formality of many larger organizations. Its life as a unified entity is therefore largely informal. This expresses itself in many ways but most strikingly in its reliance on the oral, episodic, and ephemeral forms of communication. Thus the Okinawan community of protest lacks an overarching organization with a written constitution, rules or bylaws and exclusive membership, bank accounts, reliable meeting calendars, or minute proceedings, and so on.

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