[quote=“Dirt”][quote=“headhonchoII”]Taiwan never had the type of links that Ryuku had to Japan. Taiwan is also far more populous than Okinawa enabling it to be more self sufficient. While Japan might not happily ‘give up’ Taiwan they would propably do so in terms of modern democratic Japan (with defense pact too) faced with outside pressures.
It’s different than China. Chinese would never let go of Taiwan but Japan could because its obviously not part of Japan’s history or core culture and occupied by a different race with a large population and distinctly different language and culture.[/quote]
Taiwan had 50 years of links to Japan, links that would have continued had Taiwan not been given back to Chinese control. My grandmother was 2nd generation under Japanese rule and she was already speaking Japanese exclusively at home, not just at school. They were becoming Japanese.
Japan was a democracy in 1972.[/quote]
50 years is nothing really. While people did learn Japanese the vast majority of the locals main language was still Taiwanese and Hakka. Their underlying culture hadn’t really changed and they still learned Chinese script.
The Ryuku are a group of very small islands, Taiwan was more like the US taking over the Phillipines. In the end the Phillipines became independent but they were influenced by the Americans.
After WWII there was a huge push for colonial countries worldwide to achieve independence. I believe strongly that a large segment of the local population would have supported this.
You also have to factor in that a rising China would also kick up a huge stink about Taiwan being part of Japan. That’s the unknown factor as to how it would play out. Would they support an independent Taiwan or would they insist on joining the mainland, insisting on joining the mainland would alienate a lot of locals just like the situation today!