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Collection Details


Collection Name: U.S.-Japan Project Oral History Program
Repository Name: George Washington University. National Security Archives [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/japan/ohpage.htm
Material Formats: [19 documents with text]
Description: The U.S.-Japan Project initiated an oral history program to conduct interviews with former Japanese and American officials who were closely involved with the management of relations between the two countries since 1960. The impetus for the program came from the Project's Advisory Panel, which in its initial meetings identified the need for such a program, in light of the lack of declassified official documents in Japan. Though Japan has recently passed a Freedom of Information Act, its impact upon scholarly access to significant Japanese official records remains to be determined, leaving such interviews a critical source of information on the making of foreign, defense and economic policies within the Japanese government. The U.S.-Japan Project's Oral History Program was headed in Japan by Professors Makoto Iokibe of Kobe University (a member of the Project Advisory Panel) and Koji Murata, formerly at Hiroshima University and currently at Doshisha University (a Project Research Fellow), who worked with other scholars associated with the project to conduct these interviews and prepare the original transcripts.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 25
Interviews: [19 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: International Politics; Diplomacy
ASP Subjects: Diplomatic and consular service; International relations; Japan; Japan--Officials and employees; Japan--Politics and government; Oral history; United States; United States--Officials and employees
Other Subjects: Diplomatic relations
Collection Code: OHC0001407