Gotō Shinpei, Statesman of Vision
Research, Public Health, and Development
Translated by Iain Arthy
Published Titles / Biography
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 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, 1924–1941 (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.
Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報