Okinawa is Japan's second colony, and although it was lost to the empire after 1945 and transformed into an American military outpost, Okinawa returned to Japan in 1972 and became part of the undead empire. machined :the undead empire visits Okinawa and examines its infestation by machines which keep these beautiful islands in the undead empire: American military machines; the money machines of tropical tourism. We look, too, at local struggles against the machines of the undead empire.
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While paying the bills for the United States military machines in Okinawa since 1972, Japan also transformed the islands into a machine producing and servicing fantasies about leisure, tropical paradise and consumption. The first and establishing move in this mechanization of Okinawa was made with construction of the Expo 75 theme park and its enormous and wondrous centerpiece, Aquapolis, the world’s first floating city, designed by Tokyo architect Kikutake Kiyonori. Aquapolis was a masterpiece of Japanese engineering and technology; its Expo 75 setting, a showcase for Japanese design and power. Together, the two machines generated an entire tourist industry in Okinawa, implanting the islands in Japanese minds as the Hawai’i of Japan and putting it firmly in the undead empire. Just as imperial Japanese investment and development in Okinawa before 1945 siphoned profits, opportunities and knowledge from the islands, leaving its people with the dregs of Japanese economic power, so too, the great Japanese tourist machine of 21st century Okinawa keeps Okinawans at the bottom of Japan’s socio-economic pyramid.