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Gotō Shinpei, Statesman of Vision

Gotō Shinpei, Statesman of Vision

Research, Public Health, and Development

Kitaoka Shinichi
Translated by Iain Arthy

Published Titles / Biography

¥2,400

Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-183-5 (Hardcover) | 214 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2021

About the Book

The Meiji era (1868–1912) produced numerous geniuses in Japan and one who certainly earns his name on the list is Gotō Shinpei.

Gotō, who was a prominent figure in Japan’s political scene, showed exceptional talent in various fields. Starting off his career as a physician, he became a leading figure in public health, and successfully organized a massive quarantine in 1895 for returning soldiers of the First Sino-Japanese war. Later he was appointed as civilian governor of Taiwan and following this he became the first president of the South Manchuria Railway, showing ingenuity in colonial management which was remarkably different from that of Western countries. He built the basis of the Japanese railway system as director-general of the Railway Agency, and as the minister of home affairs presented a grand vision for urban planning immediately after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923. He never organized a cabinet himself, but has been remembered as a successful leader in public heath, urban planning, infrastructure building, etc.

From his birth in a poor samurai family to his death at seventy-one years old, this biography carefully follows his steps, while at the same time delving into the visions and methods that made him a unique leader.

About the Author

KITAOKA Shinichi

Kitaoka Shinichi was born in 1948 and studied at the University of Tokyo, specializing in modern Japanese politics and diplomacy (B.A. in 1971, and Ph.D. in 1976). He taught at Rikkyo University (1976–1997) and his alma mater (1997–2004, 2006–2012), while serving as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United Nations (2004–2006). He later became a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS, 2012–2015), president of the International University of Japan (IUJ, 2012–2015), and is currently president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA, 2015–). He is emeritus professor of the University of Tokyo and Rikkyo University. He has written numerous books and articles in Japanese. Three of his other books are available in English: Self-Respect and Independence of Mind: The Challenge of Fukuzawa Yukichi (2017), A Political History of Modern Japan: Foreign Relations and Domestic Politics (2018), and From Party Politics to Militarism in Japan, 19241941 (2020). He has received many honors and awards including the Medal with Purple Ribbon for his academic achievements in 2011 from the government of Japan.

内容紹介

後藤新平が、台湾総督府民政長官や満鉄総裁として植民地経営に辣腕を振い、鉄道院総裁として国鉄の発展の基礎を築き、都市計画に雄大なヴィジョンを示したことは今日なお評価されるが、外交指導者としては、ほとんど忘れられている。しかし、当時にあっては矛盾と飛躍に満ちた言動ながら後藤の人気は高く、「唯一の国民外交家」とまで評されるほどであった。本書は、外交指導者の条件を問いつつ、後藤新平の足跡を辿る評伝である。

著者紹介

北岡伸一

1948年、奈良県生まれ。1971年、東京大学法学部卒業。1976年、東京大学大学院法学政治学研究科博士課程修了(法学博士)。プリンストン大学客員研究員、立教大学法学部教授、東京大学法学部教授、国連大使、国際大学学長、政策研究大学院大学特別教授を経て、現在、国際協力機構(JICA)理事長。東京大学名誉教授、紫綬褒章受章。著書に『清沢洌―日米関係への洞察』(中公新書、1987年、サントリー学芸賞受賞)、『日米関係のリアリズム』(中公叢書、1991年、読売論壇賞受賞)、『自民党―政権党の38年』(読売新聞社、1995年、吉野作造賞受賞)、『グローバルプレイヤーとしての日本』(NTT出版、2010年)、『門戸開放政策と日本』(東京大学出版会、2015年)など。新聞・雑誌に定期的に寄稿。

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Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

後藤新平:外交とヴィジョン

後藤新平:外交とヴィジョン

北岡伸一 著

中央公論新社 刊

1988/06/25

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