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Kitaoka, Shinichi

DISTINGUISHED FELLOW

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

President, International University of Japan

Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

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Areas of Expertise

Political and diplomatic history of Japan, United Nations, Japan-US relations, political parties and leadership

Bio

Obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Tokyo. Was a professor at Rikkyo University and the University of Tokyo, and Ambassador to the United Nations. Was given the Imperial Medal with Purple Ribbon in November 2011. Became a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, president of the International University of Japan, and professor emeritus, University of Tokyo, in 2012. Served as chairman of the Japan-China Joint History Research Committee. Is acting chair of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Panel on Restructuring the Legal Basis for National Security and chair of the Panel on National Security and Defense Capabilities and acting chair of the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century.


Research Results

†English summary only     *In Japanese only

Publications

  • “Can the Noda Administration Survive? The Breakdown in Japanese Politics Reaches a Crisis Point,” Asia-Pacific Review, Vol. 19, No. 1 (May 2012)
  • “A New Asian Order and the Role of Japan,” Asia-Pacific Review, Vol. 18 No. 2 (Routledge, November 2011)
  • “Japanese Political Leadership and Governance System Reform,” paper presented at the “Asia and the World” series, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, November 2011
  • “Peacekeeping in Sudan and Chad: Towards More Effective U.N. Support,” in Gaiko Forum, Vol. 6 No. 4, Winter 2007
  • “Japan-China Joint History Research Gets Under Way,” in Gaiko Forum, Vol. 7 No. 2, Fall 2007
  • “The Army as Bureaucracy: Japanese Militarism Revisited,” in Journal of Military History, 57, October 1993
  • “Diplomacy and the Military in Showa Japan,” in Daedalus, Vol. 119 No. 3, 1990
  • “Prophet Without Honor: Kiyosawa Kiyoshi’s View of Japanese American Relations,” in The Ambivalence of Nationalism: Modern Japan between East and West (University Press of America, 1990)

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