Full-time Faculty

KUSUNOKI Ayako Research Division
Specialized Field(s) Japanese political and diplomatic history, security studies
Current Research Themes The foundations of the security relationship between Japan and the United States were shaped in the 1950s. By examining the process in which both countries reached agreement on the provision of military bases and their management along with Japan’s rearmament, my research will portray postwar times in the 1950s.
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Professional Experience

2010 Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University
Visiting Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese studies
Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese studies
2022 Professor, International Research Center for Japanese studies


2004 Ph.D, Kobe University


  • ・ 『吉田茂と安全保障政策の形成―日米の構想とその相互作用、1943~1952年』, ミネルヴァ書房, 2009年
    Yoshida Shigeru and the Making of Japan’s Postwar Security Policy: the Interaction of Ideas for Peace and Stability between the United States and Japan, 1943-1952, Minerva Shobo., Minerva Shobo., 2009 )
Co-authored Books
  • ・ (共編)中曽根康弘著、中島琢磨、服部龍二、昇亜美子、若月秀和、道下徳成、楠綾子、瀬川高央, 『中曽根康弘が語る戦後日本外交』, 新潮社, 東京, 2012年
    ( Yasuhiro Nakasone (Takuma Nakajima, Ryuji Hattori, Amiko Nobori, Hidekazu Wakatsuki, Narushige Michishita, Ayako Kusunoki and Takao Segawa eds.), Japanese Foreign Policy Since 1945: Yasuhiro Nakasone Oral History, Shinchosha, Tokyo, 2012 )
  • US Policy for the Occupation of Japan and Changes to It, Modern Japan’s Place in World History:From Meiji to Reiwa, Springer, March 2023, pp.111-121
  • ・ The Debate on Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy During ‘The Lost Two Decades’, (瀧井一博編)失われた20年と日本研究のこれから/失われた20年と日本社会の変容――海外シンポジウム2015日文研・ハーヴァード, 国際日本文化研究センター, March 2017, pp.193-202
  • ・ The Early Years of the Ground Self-Defense Force, 1945-1960, Eldridge, Robert D. and Paul Midford eds., The Japanese Ground Self-Defense, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2017, pp.59-131
  • ・ Consensus Building on Use of Military Bases in Mainland Japan: US-Japan Relations in the 1950s, The Japanese Journal of American Studies No. 27 (2016), 2016, pp.145-166
  • ・ 「戦後日米関係の再生―1948~1960年」, 五百旗頭真・久保文明・佐々木卓也・簑原俊洋監修『もう一つの日米交流史』, 中央公論新社, 2012年, pp.127-187
    ( Revival of U.S.-Japan Relations, 1948-1960, Makoto Iokibe et. al. ed., Another History or U.S.-Japan Relations, Chuokoronshinsha., 2012, pp.127-187 )
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  • ・ 「「占領期の日米関係」「日米同盟の成立から沖縄返還まで」」, 竹内俊隆編著『日米同盟論―歴史・機能・周辺諸国の視点』, ミネルヴァ書房, 2011年, pp.44-99
    ( U.S.-Japan Relations in the Occupation Period”“U.S.-Japan Alliance: from San Francisco Peace Treaty to the Reversion of Okinawa, Toshitaka Takeuchi ed., Collective Studies on U.S.-Japan Alliance: History Function, and Views from East Asia, Minerva Shobo., 2011, pp.44-99 )
  • ・ The Sato Cabinet and the Making of Japan’s Non-Nuclear Policy,, the Journal of American-East Asian Relations 15, 2008, pp.25-50
  • ・ William J. Sebald and the Occupation of Japan: The Role of Japan Specialists in U.S.-Japan Relations, The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan vol.21, fourth series, 2007, pp.154-160
Co-authored Articles
  • ・ Robert D. Eldridge and Ayako Kusunoki, To Base or Not to Base? Yoshida Shigeru, the 1950 Ikeda Mission, and Post-Treaty Japanese Security Conceptions, Kobe University Law Review no.33, 1999, pp.97-125
Other Publications
  • ・ Has Japan's Foreign Policy Gone Beyond the Yoshida Doctrine?, The Diplomat, March 2020
  • ・ [書評] Ohira Masayoshi: “Sengo Hoshu” to ha nani ka, Journal of Asian Studies vol. 68, no. 4, November 2009, pp.1289-1291
Presentations, Symposiums, Lectures etc.
  • ・ (口頭(一般)), The Occupation of Japan and U.S.-Japan Relations, Modern Japan’s Place in World History: From Japan-UK Perspectives, London School of Economics, London School of Economics (オンライン参加), March 2023
  • ・ (口頭(一般)), The Postwar Japanese Security System in the Pacific Rim, AHA 136th Annual Meeting , American Historical Association, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, January 2023
  • ・ (口頭(一般)), Who Should Pay for the Cost of U.S. Forces in Japan? "Base Politics" in Japan in the 1950s, European Association of Japanese Studies 2021 Conference, ゲント大学(オンライン), August 2021
  • ・ From "Base-Lease Agreement" to the "Alliance": U.S.-Japan Security Relations in the 1950s, Sravic-Eurasian Research Center 2020 Summer Interantional Symposium, 北海道大学スラブ研究センター, オンライン, 3 July 2020
  • ・ The End of the ‘Yoshida Doctrine’? Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Period, EU-Japan Workshop, CEEJA・法政大学・国際日本文化研究センター, 1 November 2019
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  • ・ Japan’s Public Diplomacy since the 1970s, International Colloquium of Mexican and Japanese Studies, University Program of Studies on Asia and Africa, 17 October 2018
  • ・ Japan's First Grand Strategy since the WWII? The Meaning of Abe’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, the 3rd Conference of Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies(国際), Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies, 15 April 2018
  • ・ Japan's Cultural Cold War in the 1950s, European Association for Japanese Studies 2017 Conference, European Association for Japanese Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, 30 August 2017
  • ・ The Establishment of the Japan Foundation and U.S.-Japan Relations during the early 1970s, the Second European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference, Kobe University, 24 September 2016
  • ・ 「Japanese Politics in the end of the Occupation」, Osaka University Occupation Symposium Program, 大阪大学, 2015年02月16日
  • ・ Formation of Japan’s Security Policy under the American Occupation, The American Occupation in Comparative Perspective: Japan and Iraq Differences, Similarities, and Theoretical Implications, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, March 2012
  • ・ Evolution of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, The Fifth International Symposium of Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, July 2011
  • ・ Japanese Regional Security Plans in the 1950s and 1960s, “Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: Japan and Russia—National Interests, Roles and Perspectives,”, Vladivostok State University of Economic, 24 September 2009
  • ・ Challenging the Cold War Consensus: Japan’s Search for Regional Security in the 1950s and the U.S. Response, The Society for the Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), 29 June 2009
  • ・ The Sato Cabinet and the Making of Japan's Non-Nuclear Policy, SHAFR, 23 June 2007
  • ・ William J. Sebald and the Occupation of Japan, The Asiatic Society of Japan, 20 November 2006
  • ・ Between Realism and Idealism—Japanese Public Opinion on Security Issues in the Postwar Era, 1950-1960, The Cold War History Group, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2001
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