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  • Creating Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, 1945–2015by David Hunter-Chester

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 40.50

    This study provides a comprehensive institutional history of Japan’s post-1945 army. It also analyzes representations of the military in popular culture, the place of soldiers in the formation of the country’s postwar national identity, and the social and political impact of constitutional restrictions on the military. more...

  • Postwar Japanby Michael J. Green; Zack Cooper

    Center for Strategic & International Studies 2017; US$ 34.00

    Japanese security, economic, institutional, and development policies have undergone a remarkable evolution in the 70 years since the end of World War II. Distinguished Japanese scholars reflect on the evolution of these policies and draw lessons for coming decades, spotlighting emerging Japanese thinking on key issues facing the U.S.-Japan alliance.... more...

  • Rethinking Japanby Arthur Stockwin; Kweku Ampiah

    Lexington Books 2017; US$ 104.50

    This study provides a broad examination of the current Shinzō Abe government in Japan. It analyzes various controversial domestic and foreign policies and argues that its election in 2012 inaugurated a new political phase characterized by opposition weakness and ruling-party unity around a nationalist agenda. more...

  • The Samurai in 100 Objectsby Stephen Turnbull

    Frontline Books 2016; US$ 13.82

    From lowly attendants (samurai literally means ‘those who serve’) to members one of the world’s most powerful military organizations, the samurai underwent a progression of changes to reach a preeminent position in Japanese society and culture. Even their eventual eclipse did not diminish their image as elite warriors, and they would live on in stories... more...

  • Japan Risingby Kenneth Pyle

    PublicAffairs 2009; US$ 26.00

    Japan is on the verge of a sea change. After more than fifty years of national pacifism and isolation including the "lost decade" of the 1990s, Japan is quietly, stealthily awakening. As Japan prepares to become a major player in the strategic struggles of the 21st century, critical questions arise about its motivations. What are the driving forces... more...

  • The Castaway's Warby Stephen Harding

    Da Capo Press 2016; US$ 36.00

    Shipwrecked on a South Pacific island, a young US Navy lieutenant waged a one-man war against the Japanese In the early hours of July 5, 1943, the destroyer USS Strong was hit by a Japanese torpedo. The powerful weapon broke the destroyer's back, killed dozens of sailors, and sparked raging fires. While accompanying ships were able to take off... more...

  • Operation Broken Reedby Arthur L. Boyd

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    At the height of the Korean War, President Truman launched one of the most important intelligence - gathering operations in history. So valuable were the mission's findings about the North Korean-Soviet-Chinese alliance that it is no stretch to say they prevented World War III. Only one man sworn to secrecy for a half-centurysurvived Operation Broken... more...

  • Against Harmonyby James Mark Shields

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 104.99

    Against Harmony traces the history of progressive and radical experiments in Japanese Buddhist thought and practice from the mid-Meiji period (ca. 1885) through the early Showa period (ca. 1935). more...

  • Facing the Rising Sunby Gerald Horne

    NYU Press 2018; US$ 30.00

    The surprising alliance between Japan and pro-Tokyo African Americans during World War II    In November 1942 in East St. Louis, Illinois a group of African Americans engaged in military drills were eagerly awaiting a Japanese invasion of the U.S.— an invasion that they planned to join. Since the rise of Japan as a superpower less than a century... more...

  • Playing Warby Sabine Frühstück

    University of California Press 2017; US$ 34.95

    In Playing War , Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and to sentimentalize peace. She argues that modern conceptions of war insist on... more...