Negotiating the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Japan Confidential by Yukinori Komine (review)

Negotiating the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Japan Confidential by Yukinori Komine (review) 262 Journal of Japanese Studies 46:1 (2020) Negotiating the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Japan Con fidential. By Yukinori Komine. Routledge, London, 2017. xxii, 258 pages. $160.00, cloth; $49.95, paper; $24.98, E-book. Reviewed by William L. Brooks Johns Hopkins University This meticulously researched book on “negotiating the U.S.-Japan alliance” might be subtitled “the untold story,” since it relies heavily on declassifi ed sensitive documents of the U.S. and Japanese governments that signifi cantly update a familiar narrative. The author, Yukinori Komine, adds fascinating hitherto unknown details to key negotiations in the early decades of the U.S.-Japan alliance, focusing in particular on the thorny issue of nuclear weapons in Japan. Though there has been much revealed already regarding the existence of secret pacts between the two governments reached during the security treaty negotiations in the 1950s and lengthy talks to return Okinawa in the 1960s, this is the fi rst book to exploit once highly classifi ed materials that describe the policy process, inner-circle thinking, internal de- bates, and high-level exchanges that led to key bilateral agreements. Kudos to Komine for writing a book that is a must-read for serious students of the postwar foreign policies of Japan and the United States. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Negotiating the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Japan Confidential by Yukinori Komine (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies, Volume 46 (1) – Jan 28, 2020

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262 Journal of Japanese Studies 46:1 (2020) Negotiating the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Japan Con fidential. By Yukinori Komine. Routledge, London, 2017. xxii, 258 pages. $160.00, cloth; $49.95, paper; $24.98, E-book. Reviewed by William L. Brooks Johns Hopkins University This meticulously researched book on “negotiating the U.S.-Japan alliance” might be subtitled “the untold story,” since it relies heavily on declassifi ed sensitive documents of the U.S. and Japanese governments that signifi cantly update a familiar narrative. The author, Yukinori Komine, adds fascinating hitherto unknown details to key negotiations in the early decades of the U.S.-Japan alliance, focusing in particular on the thorny issue of nuclear weapons in Japan. Though there has been much revealed already regarding the existence of secret pacts between the two governments reached during the security treaty negotiations in the 1950s and lengthy talks to return Okinawa in the 1960s, this is the fi rst book to exploit once highly classifi ed materials that describe the policy process, inner-circle thinking, internal de- bates, and high-level exchanges that led to key bilateral agreements. Kudos to Komine for writing a book that is a must-read for serious students of the postwar foreign policies of Japan and the United States. The

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