Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan

Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan

Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography

Edited by Tsutsui Kiyotada
Translated by Noda Makito and Paul Narum

Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-916055-60-6 (Hardcover) | ISBN 978-4-86658-050-0 (Paperback) |316 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2016


筒井 清忠 編著
筑摩書房 刊



About the Book

Why did Showa Japan rush to war? Where did Japan fail? This compilation of the most up-to-date studies by 15 leading Japanese historians tries to find answers to these questions. Each chapter contains a list of selected reference books with brief annotations for the benefit of readers who wish to study more about the subject. The fifteen chapters offer nuanced understanding of prewar Showa history that challenges stylized discourse about Showa Japan prevalent in recent historiography.

1.The Washington Treaty System and Shidehara Diplomacy
―Watanabe Kota

2. Enactment of the General Election Law and the Beginning of Democratic Politics
―Koyama Toshiki

3. From the Northern Expeditions to the Assassination of Zhang Zuolin
―Iechika Ryoko

4. London Naval Conference, Imperial Court, Political Parties, and the Imperial Japanese Navy
―Hatano Isamu

5. From the Manchurian Incident to Japan’s Withdrawal from the League of Nations
―Tohmatsu Haruo

6. The Emperor-as-Organ Theory Incident
―Shibata Shin’ichi

7. February 26 Incident and the Ultranationalist Movement in the Showa Era
―Tsutsui Kiyotada

8. The Marco Polo Bridge Incident: From the Signing of the Tanggu Truce to the Failure of the Trautmann Mediation Attempt
―Iwatani Nobu

9. The Deepening Quagmire of the Sino-Japanese War and the Declaration of a New Order in East Asia
―Tobe Ryoichi

10. The Nomonhan Incident and the Japanese-Soviet Neutrality Pact
―Hanada Tomoyuki

11. The Path to the Tripartite Alliance of Japan, Germany, and Italy
―Takeda Tomoki

12. The New Konoe Order and Reform Bureaucrats
―Makino Kuniaki

13. From the US-Japan Negotiations to the Outbreak of War
―Moriyama Atsushi

14. Emperor Hirohito’s “Sacred Decisions” and the Political Process of Japan’s Surrender
―Suzuki Tamon

15. The Occupation of Japan: The International Background behind the Policy of the United States toward Japan
―Iguchi Haruo

About the Author

TSUTSUI Kiyotada


Born in 1948, Tsutsui is professor and head in the Department of Japanese Culture, also a dean in the Faculty of Literature (Liberal Arts), Teikyo University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation. Tsutsui graduated from the Graduate School of Literature, Kyoto University and holds a Ph.D. in Literature. His area of specialty is modern to contemporary Japanese history and historical sociology. His publications include Showa senzenki no seito seiji [Party Politics in Prewar Showa Era], Chikumashobo; 2.26 Jiken to sono jidai [The February 26 Incident and Its Time], Chikumashobo; Konoe Fumimaro [Fumimaro Konoe],Iwanami Shoten; and 2.26 Jiken to seinen shoko [The February 26 Incident and Young Military Officers], Yoshikawa Kobunkan.