Team Research2023

Beyond the Postwar and Modernity: Japan in the 1970s

Power and Culture
Project Leader Professor KUSUNOKI Ayako

In the history of Japan since August 1945, which is often lumber together under the term “postwar period,” one of the major turning points was the early 1970s. The upheaval in the postwar international order associated with the two “Nixon Shocks” and the loss of national goals of rapid economic growth and the reconstruction of Japan’s foreign relations with neighboring countries meant that the preconditions for Japanese politics and foreign policy had malted. The deepening of interdependence and Japan’s growing economic power dramatically expanded the scope of Japanese politics and diplomacy, making it more pluralistic and multilayered. The study of the political and diplomatic history of Japan has yet to answer how to analyze and understand the decade that followed.

This joint research will examine what changes were underway in the political, economic, diplomatic, security, social, and cultural spheres in Japan in the 1970s, what options Japan had, and what it chose (or did not choose). We would like to take a comprehensive look at the 1970s as a clue to rethinking “postwar” and “modernity” and to understanding the “lost 20 years” after the Cold War. The joint research is a three-year project, but will start with a one-year preparatory meeting.

センター研究者等 楠 綾子 国際日本文化研究センター・教授
Edward BOYLE 国際日本文化研究センター・准教授
西村 真彦 国際日本文化研究センター・機関研究員
Hasan TOPACOGLU 国際日本文化研究センター・外国人研究員
Dennitza Stefanova GABRAKOVA 国際日本文化研究センター・外国人研究員
共同研究員 村井 良太 駒澤大学法学部・教授
武田 知己 大東文化大学法学部・教授
大山 貴稔 九州工業大学教養教育院人文社会系・准教授
平松 誠 北海道大学大学院文学研究院・講師
辛島 理人 神戸大学大学院国際文化学研究科・准教授
宮崎 康子 広島修道大学人文学部・教授
海外共同研究員 Alexander BUKH ヴィクトリア大学ウェリントン 人文・社会科学部・准教授
五十嵐 惠邦 ヴァンダービルト大学人文科学科・教授
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