Kazuhiko Togo, (Ph.D. 2009, Leiden University) is Professor and Director of the Institute for World Affairs, Kyoto Sangyo University. He served in the Japanese Foreign Ministry from 1968 to 2002, working on Russia, the US, Europe, international law and economics.. He taught at universities in Moscow, Tokyo, and Leiden (as IIAS Canon professor), Princeton, Tamkang (Taiwan), UC Santa Barbara and Seoul (as Toyota Fellow). His most recent publication (in Japanese) is The Inside Story of the Negotiations on the Northern Territories (2007) and History and Foreign Policy: Yasukuni, Asia and Tokyo Tribunal (2008).
All those interested in Japanese foreign policy, Japanese modern history, international relations in East Asia, diplomacy.
"This book stands out amongst the crop of textbooks on Japanese foreign policy that have been available to date, because of its authoritative, insider voice. Here we not only learn what happened in postwar Japan’s foreign policy, but what the thinking was behind these decisions. This is an invaluable element that brings the reader inside the policy-making rooms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself. In the process, Japan’s world view and its own self-image are concurrently revealed, in fascinating and unexpected ways. This book destroys stereotypes, and vastly improves the quality of our understanding of Japan as an international player. We are spoiled by the wisdom and experience of not just one, but three major forces in the shaping of Japan’s international existence: Mr Togo’s own formidable experience, plus the seminal contributions of his father and grandfather, who was instrumental in the closing phases of World War II. All of this makes this book indispensable to those who wish to truly understand Japan in her own terms, and through her own eyes."
Rikki Kersten, Professor of Modern Japanese Political Studies at Australian National University
"Ambassador Togo’s distinctive account of Japanese foreign policy highlights the impact of the vacuum left by the humiliation of defeat in 1945. It bears witness to the intellectual and diplomatic challenge of finding answers to unresolved issues, including managing the U.S. alliance and enhancing cooperation in Asia. Updated to cover the results of the 2009 victory of the Democratic Party of Japan, this book shows how its change of course fits into a long-term narrative. In contrast to more impersonal, often unsympathetic analysis of Western authors and the self-serving writing of many Japanese, Togo offers a guide to Japan’s quest, not a defense of its choices. The result is a wide-ranging look at foreign policy over more than 60 years seen from the perspective of an insider attentive to a proud nation’s search for its bearings."
Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University