Making Micronesia: A Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama by David L. Hanlon

By David L. Hanlon

Making Micronesia is the tale of Tosiwo Nakayama, the 1st president of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Born to a jap father and an island lady in 1931 on an atoll northwest of the most Chuuk Lagoon team, Nakayama grew up in the course of Japan's colonial management of better Micronesia and later proved adept at adjusting to existence in post-war Chuuk and lower than the American-administered belief Territory of the Pacific Islands. After learning on the collage of Hawai'i, Nakayama lower back to Chuuk in 1958 and speedy complicated via a sequence of administrative positions earlier than profitable election to the home of Delegates (later Senate) of the Congress of Micronesia. He served as its president from 1965 to 1967 and back from 1973 to 1978. greater than the other person, Nakayama is credited with dealing with the advanced political discussions on Saipan in 1975 that led to a countrywide structure for the several Micronesian states that made up the belief Territory. A proponent of independence, he used to be a key participant within the long negotiations with the U.S. govt and in the course of the islands that culminated within the Compact of loose organization and the eventual construction of the FSM. In 1979 Nakayama used to be elected the 1st president of the FSM and spent the following 8 years operating to solidify an island country and to work out the Compact of loose organization via to approval and implementation. One wonders what the modern political configuration of the western Pacific may appear like with no Tosiwo Nakayama. His tale, notwithstanding, comprises even more than a story of political occasions. Nakayama's upward thrust to prominence constitutes a notable tale given the actual, political, and cultural distances he negotiated. His engagements with colonialism, decolonization, and nation-making position him squarely in the course of crucial matters in twentieth-century Pacific Islands historical past. The examine of his existence additionally invitations a reconsideration of migration, transnational crossings, and the particular dimension of island worlds. Making Micronesia follows Nakayama's existence via time, targeting the expansiveness of his imaginative and prescient. in lots of methods, "Macronesia," now not "Micronesia," turns out a extra applicable time period for the realm he inhabited and attempted to make available to others.

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Making Micronesia: A Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama

Making Micronesia is the tale of Tosiwo Nakayama, the 1st president of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Born to a eastern father and an island girl in 1931 on an atoll northwest of the most Chuuk Lagoon crew, Nakayama grew up in the course of Japan's colonial management of larger Micronesia and later proved adept at adjusting to existence in post-war Chuuk and lower than the American-administered belief Territory of the Pacific Islands.

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War would mark the end of German rule in the islands called Micronesia as it had some fifteen years earlier with the Spanish colonial presence. Using its alliance with Great Britain as a pretext, the government of Japan seized the Caroline, Mariana, and Marshall Islands from Germany. 46 Germany’s agenda for economic development and modernization had not taken hold as planned. With Japan, it would be a very different story, one that would bear directly and intimately on the life of Tosiwo Nakayama.

His parents’ scolding compounded the embarrassment. More serious was an illness that left him dizzy, vomiting, feverish, and unable to walk. His mother tended to him; she stayed long hours by his side while his father worked and was sometimes gone on trips to Toloas. The illness lasted roughly six months. Tosiwo spent much of that time in bed, on his back, and with little to do. He did learn songs by listening to the singing in the nearby mission school. He attributed his recovery to his mother’s use of local medicine, and her patience in helping him to learn how to walk again.

In 1896, Mori’s friend and colleague Akayama Shirosaburō was ambushed and murdered on Tol by a man upset and jealous by the Japanese trader’s interest in a local woman. Reports of the murder brought the Spanish vessel Quiros to the Chuuk Lagoon to conduct an investigation that went nowhere. A World of Islands 33 Fig. 1. Mori Koben, his wife Isa, and children (Kochi Shimbun). Preparations for fighting could sometimes prove as dangerous as the fighting itself. In the same year that Akayama was killed, Mori came close to dying in an accident.

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