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America’s Overseas GarrisonsThe Leasehold Empire$
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Christopher T. Sandars

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296874.001.0001

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From Conquest to Containment: Asia

From Conquest to Containment: Asia

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(p.153) 6 From Conquest to Containment: Asia
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America’s Overseas Garrisons
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C. T. Sandars

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296874.003.0006

This chapter discusses the U.S. government's determination to take sole control of Japan and the Pacific region after World War II. The U.S. was determined to keep other allies, particularly Russia, out of Japan, to prevent their development of offensive bases on the home islands. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were keen on building military bases on the Ryukyus Islands and in Okinawa, but not on a long-term basis. However, they were compelled to maintain a permanent presence on the mainland and home islands to ensure peace and stability along the areas bordering the Yellow Sea and because of the outbreak of the Korean War.

Keywords:   U.S, military bases, Japan, Pacific Region, Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, Korean War

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