ProQuest Adds Formerly Secret U.S.-Japan Communications

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ANN ARBOR — ProQuest is expanding its acclaimed Digital National Security Archive with newly declassified files that provide researchers with fresh insights into the modern relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

“Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part III, 1961-2000″ continues a series that provides the first broad digital access to memoranda of conversation between U.S. presidents and their Japanese counterparts, as well as presidential decision documents, intelligence analyses, and inter-governmental communications central to U.S. foreign policy, intelligence and security issues.

Published by ProQuest in collaboration with the National Security Archive, the Digital National Security Archive provides online access to the most significant declassified primary documents in key areas of U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945.

“The National Security Archive’s relationship with ProQuest makes a particularly powerful content set far more accessible to students, researchers, historians, political scientists and international relations specialists,” said NSA Director Tom Blanton. “In this case, the ‘insider’ view into the very top levels of the American and Japanese governments provides fascinating and crucial context for understanding the current global economic crisis and recent geopolitical developments in East Asia and the Pacific Rim.”

As in previous collections on this subject, “Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part III, 1961-2000″ covers a broad spectrum of issues and events unique to this relationship.  Important topics include negotiations over the return of Okinawa, military relations in the wake of detente and the opening to China, security challenges in the Korean Peninsula, trade disputes in the 1980s and 1990s, and the Asian economic crisis at the close of the twentieth century.

This expertly curated collection is gathered from the major agencies concerned with the management of U.S.-Japan relations and will permit scholars to refer directly to primary documents of central importance in researching these events and issues. Among the highlights are policy reviews, internal assessments of various aspects of Japan’s policies, and intelligence reports. Memoranda of conversation and diplomatic cables are also included, providing an intimate view of the dynamics of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

More at www.proquest.com.

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