IJS Lecture: Kaoru Iokibe, "From Black Ships to ONE PIECE: Japan-U.S. Relations"
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ramseyer Hall 100 (29 W Woodruff Ave), Ohio State University
Abstract: This talk illustrates the history of Japan-U.S. relations, from Admiral Perry’s Black Ships and the subsequent opening of Japan until today’s frequent political, economic, military, and cultural interactions between the two countries. Regardless of whether or not the two nations’ most recent interactions serve to bring them closer together, Japan and the U.S. have long been important allies that have largely defined the international order of East Asia for more than half a century.
It was not, of course, a simple path. By examining Japanese domestic politics and culture, one can observe the impact that America has had upon Japan as well as the latter’s reaction to the former’s influence: Early Friendship (1860s-70s), disillusion and acceptance (1880s-90s), competition between imperialisms (1900s-10s), Pax Americana and urbanization (1920s), confrontation and the Asia-Pacific War (1930s-45), Occupation (1945-52), the Cold War (1950s-80s) and its aftermath, and, finally, accelerated globalization (present).
The rise of China is changing the Japan-U.S. relationship in myriad ways. To anticipate and collaborate in shaping the future relations, one cannot overlook its deeply rooted foundation within the Japanese society. The American shadow over the popular Japanese manga One Piece is only one example.
Bio: Kaoru Iokibe, Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, received a PhD in Law from the University of Tokyo. His research comprises the political and diplomatic history of modern Japan. In 2003 he published his first book about the formation of the opposition party in Japan. His second book, published in 2010, is about Meiji Japan’s restoration of sovereignty through the revision of “unequal treaties” (now under translation into English). Recently, his interest stretches to several other fields including the history of political lies and the challenges to them in the form of rhetoric and literature, although his affection for anime and manga sometimes serves as a distraction.
This lecture is free and open to the public however, registration is required. To register, please go to this webpage.
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