Wednesday, October 26, 2016

George Washington University conference on Showa Japan

Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography 

Co-sponsored by the Japan Publishing Industry Foundation of Culture and 
the Sigur Center for Asian Studies  

Friday, November 4, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., NW, State Room, Seventh Floor   
Washington, DC 20052 

The conference will be followed by a reception at 4:00pm.

Why did Showa Japan rush into war? What was the key to its failure? To shed light on these questions 70 years after the war, the recently published book Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan offers new research findings and the most up-to-date results of research on early Showa history in Japan. Four prominent Japanese historians who contributed to this volume will present on the following topics:

Professor Sochi Naraoka of Kyoto University
"World War I and Japan: the Start of a Foreign Policy Based on International Cooperation and the Two-Party System"

Professor Tomoki Takeda of Daito Bunka University
"Japan's Foreign Policy Strategy in the 1930s and Japan-US Negotiations"

Professor Kaoru Iokibe of Tokyo University
"The Early Showa Period within Modern History"

Professor Kiyotada Tsutsui of Teikyo University
"Army, Political Parties, and Public Opinion in the Early Showa Period" 

Discussants will include:

Ronald Spector, Professor of History and International Affairs, GW 

 Daqing Yang, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

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