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    Welcome to the homepage of the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans: ACSILs.


*Charter (PDF)

The Association of Comprehensive Studies for
Independence of the Lew Chewan peoples

       ... By gaining independence from Japan and removing all military bases from our islands we Lew Chewan wish to achieve our long sought-after goal of becoming a sovereign island of peace and hope that exists in friendship with other countries, regions and nations of the world. ... We do not hesitate at the possibility of independence, but want to take it seriously as both an object of study and a political project. We wish to address both for ourselves and others the questions related to making an independent Lew Chew a reality. What are the steps we need to undergo to realize this aim? What kind of decolonizing processes have been taken by other colonies around the world? What kind of economic policies should be in place before and after independence has been achieved? We will multilaterally and comprehensively study and discuss politics, public administration, international relations, prescriptive concept of the Lew Chewan people, identity, language revitalization, language right, art, education, gender, public welfare, environment, discrimination against minorities, issues of disparity, settler colonialism, and more. We will also conduct human resource development for the independence of the Lew Chew. ...  Based on these collaborations of scholarship we will also participate in forums and commissions of the United Nations, international conferences, in order to carry out a movement aimed at Lew Chewan independence. ...

---> the full text  (PDF)



How to Join ACSILs
    Please contact the executive office whose contact information is shown below.
    Please note that the only Lew Chewan peoples who trace their ethnic roots to the islands of the Ryukyus and who aspire after independence of Ryukyu can be a member of the ACSILs.
    ---> Register Application Form

About ACSILs
    *Charter ---> Please see the top of this page.
    *Executive Committee ---> Yasukatsu MATSUSHIMA, Midori TERUYA, Masaki TOMOCHI,
                                                       Kazuhiko TOBARU, and Shinako OYAKAWA
    *Contact (the executive office)
            Address: #5517, 2-6-1 Ginowan
                               Ginowan city, Ryukyu (Okinawa) 901-2701  (Japan)
            Voice: +81-50-3383-2609 (Please leave your message.)
            Fax: +81-50-3383-2609
            Email: info@acsils.org
Academic Meetings
     *2013 ---> 1st meeting: 2013.10.26-27 @ Okinawa University in Naha City
     *2014 ---> 2nd meeting: 2014.02.22-23 @ Painagama Hall in Miyako Island
     *2014 ---> 3rd meeting: 2014.12.20-21 @ Okinawa International Univ. in Ginowan City
     *2015 ---> 4th meeting: 2015.03.14-15 @ Meio Univ. in Nago City
     *2015 ---> 5th meeting: 2015.10.24-25 @ Ishigaki Civic Hall in Ishigaki Island
     *2016 ---> 6th meeting: 2016.03.12-13 @ Okinawa International University in Ginowan City


Let’s talk about Independence of the Lew Chews (Ryukyus/Okinawa) in New York !!!

Keywords : Independence of the Lew Chews / Ryukyus / Okinawa, Decolonization, Human Rights, Discrimination, Identity, the US and Japanese Military Base Issue, Peace, the UN

September 26th (Sat.) -  September 28th (Mon.)  2015

Koji TAIRA / Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of Illinois
"Okinawan Experience: Rise, Demise and Reinvention of a Country and Identity"

Shingi KUNIYOSHI / President of the Okinawa Association of America
"Military base environmental cleanup in the US and Okinawa"

Annmaria SHIMABUKU / Assistant Professor at the Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages, University of California, Riverside
"Outer-Determination: Toward an Imminent Politics for Independence"

Yasukatsu MATSUSHIMA / Professor at the Department of Economics, Ryukoku University
"The Independence of Ryukyus by Self-Determination of Peoples"

Masaki TOMOCHI / Professor at the College of Economics and Environmental Policy, Okinawa International University
"The Legitimacy and Significance of the Independence of the Lew Chews (Ryukyus / Okinawa)"


 ACSILs holds forum on Ryukyu independence in New York  ---> RS
 2015.09.29 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

Events & Symposium
     *2013 ---> 2013.04.27 (flyer)
     *2013 ---> 2013.05.15 (flyer)  (Movie)
     *2013 ---> 2013.10.27 (flyer)
     *2014 ---> 2014.02.22 (flyer)
     *2014 ---> 2014.05.25 (flyer)
     *2014 ---> 2014.10.26 (flyer)
     *2014 ---> 2014.12.20 & 21 (flyer)
     *2015 ---> 2015.03.14  (flyer)
     *2015 ---> 2015.05.16  (flyer)
     *2015 ---> 2015.10.24  (flyer)
     *2016 ---> 2016.03.12  (flyer)  <--- coming soon...


     *Academic Journals ---> vol. 01 (2014)   Keywords & Abstracts


*Academic Journal (vol. 01)
                 Abstract, Keywords

*Academic Journal (vol. 02)
                  ACSILs Vol.02 a.pdf            ACSILs Vol.02 b.pdf