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Friendship across the Seas

Friendship across the Seas

The US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Agawa Naoyuki
Translated by Yabuki Hiraku

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Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-86658-055-5 | 308 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2019

About the Book

This book describes the history of the relationship between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the heir to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), and the United States Navy (US Navy). The two navies fought each other fiercely on the seas and in the air during the Pacific War. Each found the other a formidable enemy. They came to respect each other in action. Soon after the war, when the Cold War turned hot, they began to work together as allies. With the generous assistance of the US Navy, the JMSDF was established as its counterpart. Doing so was in their respective national interests, but many individual officers and sailors on both sides had mixed feelings about working with their former enemies.

Over the years, however, these two navies have gradually built strong ties, with respect for and trust in each other. This was made possible by conducting countless joint operations at sea. Leaders of the US Navy began to realize that this small maritime force, its actions being restrained in so many ways by domestic politics as well as constitutional and legal limitations, does its job well, is reliable, and can be fully trusted. The JMSDF realized that, in the Asia/Pacific region, there was no other navy with which it shares common interests and values to be allied with. Close to seventy years of accumulated shared experiences have transformed an initially timid and unbalanced relationship into one of, if not the, most successful navy-to navy partnership in the world.

The maritime alliance between Japan and the United States today is anchored in this history. Numerous admirals, officers, and sailors of the two navies working together have greatly contributed to the stability and prosperity of the Asia/Pacific region for the past seventy years. They are not Nimitzes or Yamamotos, but are nevertheless heroes who toiled hard to bring about this unique friendship across the seas.

About the Author

AGAWA Naoyuki

Professor Agawa Naoyuki currently teaches American constitutional law and history as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto. He joined Doshisha on April 1, 2016 upon leaving Keio University in Tokyo. At Keio, he served as Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management (1999–2016), Vice President, International Affairs (2009–2013), and Dean of the Faculty of Policy Management (2007–2009). Professor Agawa served as Minister for Public Affairs in charge of public diplomacy and press relations at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. during his leave from Keio University (2002–2005).

内容紹介

日本海軍は、戦場でまみえた相手であるアメリカ海軍に対して、意外なほどの尊敬と共感を抱いていた。それは、戦後の海上自衛隊にも脈々と受け継がれ、彼らの協働態勢が、日米同盟を基底で支えてきた。本書は、日米関係の中で特異な地位を占めるこの海の絆を軸にしながら、帝国海軍の英雄たちと異なり、ひたすら訓練に励み、戦うことなく名も知られぬまま去った海上自衛隊指揮官たちの誇り高き姿を綴るものである。

著者紹介

阿川尚之

1951年(昭和26年)、東京に生まれる。慶応義塾大学法学部中退。米国ジョージタウン大学スクール・オヴ・フォーリン・サーヴィス、ならびにロースクール卒業。ソニー、ギブソン・ダン・クラッチャー法律事務所を経て、現在、慶応義塾大学総合政策学部教授、西村総合法律事務所顧問。著書に『アメリカン・ロイヤーの誕生』(中公新書)、『アメリカが嫌いですか』(新潮文庫)、『変わらぬアメリカを探して』(文芸春秋)、『トクヴィルとアメリカヘ』(新潮社)、『わが英語今も旅の途中』(講談社)、『アメリカが見つかりましたか』(都市出版)。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

海の友情―米国海軍と海上自衛隊

海の友情―米国海軍と海上自衛隊

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中央公論新社 刊

http://www.chuko.co.jp/shinsho/2001/02/101574.html