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Between Incompetence and Culpability: Assessing the Diplomacy of Japan's Foreign Ministry from Pearl Harbor to Potsdam (Hardback)
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Between Incompetence and Culpability: Assessing the Diplomacy of Japan's Foreign Ministry from Pearl Harbor to Potsdam (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 28/08/1997
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This study of the Pearl Harbor attack clarifies the debate in two important ways: first, it definitively exposes who delayed Japan's notice of war to the United States, a serious blunder which stigmatized Japan for launching a premeditated "sneak attack", and second, it examines how the Foreign Ministry has dealt with this blunder from the immediate postwar period to the present. Sugihara's aim in both instances is to reevaluate just how costly this error by the Foreign Ministry has been for Japan, and to show how its cover-up and mishandling have distorted postwar Japanese diplomacy.Sugihara demonstrates how the protracted cover-up of the bungled war notice to the United States has severely distorted the way Japan understands its recent past. Deeply concerned with the Ministry's continuing lack of apology to the United States (and the Japanese public) for causing the "sneak attack", he presents its misguided handling of several war-related issues, such as its role in the portrayal of the Nanking Incident in high school textbooks, and its treatment of ministerial visits to Yasukuni Shrine. While due credit is given for the Ministry's overdue attempt in November 1994 to address this shameful episode, the author suggests future directions for Japanese diplomacy and delivers a strong moral message about diplomacy and justice.Significantly, Sugihara's is the only extensive analysis in English that exploits newly-declassified documents concerning the suppressed 1946 internal Foreign Ministry investigation of the blunder. Under mounting public pressure, the Ministry in November 1994 made these materials public, and they reveal for the first time precisely when Ministry officials determined whose negligence had caused the delay at Japan's Washington embassy. Critically, the author shows that the ultimate blame for the drawn-out concealment of these documents lies with former prime minister Shigeru Yoshida, whose shameless protection of Katsuzo Okumura and Sadao Iguchi, the embassy officials responsible for

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761807780
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 220 x 147 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a very important book in the field of World Military History. -- Hideo Miki, Japan National Defense Academy
...presents a uniquely Japanese perspective on [the attack on] Pearl Harbor...analyzes a critically important, but too frequently neglected aspect of the Pacific War...should be read by serious students of Japan's wartime and postwar diplomacy. -- Theodore McNelly
A nuanced perspective on many aspects of Japan's war resposibility with a distinctive emphasis on the Ministry of Foreign Affars' role, and its interplay with Roosevelt's. Extensively documented from Japanese sources...accessible and authentic. -- Edward G. Griffin, The George Washington University.
This is a book for the specialist or postgraduate student seeking a new angle on the Pacific War. * Asian Studies Centre - University Of Queensland *
Sugihara brings further historical clarity to the war between Japan and the United States...Sugihara has built a solid foundation upon which future scholars may build, and for the penetrating insights to be found in this book we should be truly grateful. -- Masayasu Hosaka, Author and critic
Sugihara brings further historical clarity to the war between Japan and the United States...Sugihara has built a solid foundation upon which future scholars may build, and for the penetrating insights to be found in this book we should be truly grateful. -- Masayasu Hosaka, Author and critic
This is a very important book in the field of World Military History. -- Hideo Miki, Japan National Defense Academy
...presents a uniquely Japanese perspective on [the attack on] Pearl Harbor...analyzes a critically important, but too frequently neglected aspect of the Pacific War...should be read by serious students of Japan's wartime and postwar diplomacy. -- Theodore McNelly
A nuanced perspective on many aspects of Japan's war resposibility with a distinctive emphasis on the Ministry of Foreign Affars' role, and its interplay with Roosevelt's. Extensively documented from Japanese sources...accessible and authentic. -- Edward G. Griffin, The George Washington University.

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