International Forum on War History

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The NIDS International Forum on War History, first held in 2002, reconsiders military history by comparing it bilaterally or multilaterally with other nations’ military histories, providing a multifaceted viewpoint for an area of study which traditionally tends to be analyzed from a one-sided point of view. The forum started in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National institute for Defense Studies, with an intention of deepening mutual understanding among the countries concerned and contributing to the promotion of trust among them.

14th International Forum on War History

14th Forum (2015)
"Termination of Wars in Historical Perspective"

Date : Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:30-17:35

Location : Hotel CHINZANSO Tokyo "Ball-Room" (Hotel 1F)

(Keynote Speaker)
Hew Strachan (Professor, University of St Andrews)

(Speakers)

  • Holger H. Herwig (Professor, University of Calgary)
  • Richard B. Frank (Head, Board of Presidential Councilors of the U.S. National World War II Museum)
  • Junichiro Shoji (Director, Center for Military History [CMH], NIDS)
  • Ryuji Hirano (Commander, JMSDF, National Security Policy Division, CMH, NIDS)
  • Takenori Horimoto (Visiting Professor, The Open University of Japan)
  • Ang Cheng Guan (Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University)
  • Christopher Tuck (Senior Lecturer, King's College London, University of London)
  • Brian Farrell (Professor, National University of Singapore)
  • Ken Kotani (Senior Research Fellow, International Conflict Division, CMH, NIDS)

13th International Forum on War History

13th Forum (2014)
"History of the Joint and Combined Operations"

Date : Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:30-17:55

Location : Hotel CHINZANSO Tokyo "Ball-Room"(Hotel 1F)

(Keynote Speaker)
Ryoichi Oriki (Specical Adviser to the Minister of Defense; former Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, JSDF)

(Special Speaker)
Lawrence Freedman (Vice-Principal, King's College London, University of London)

(Speakers)

  • Graham Dunlop (Retired Colonel, the Royal Marines)
  • David Stevenson (Professor, London School of Economics, University of London)
  • Katsuya Tsukamoto (Senior Research Fellow, Defense Policy Division, Policy Studies Department, NIDS)
  • Williamson Murray (Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University)
  • Daniel Marston (Professor, Australian National University)
  • Carter Malkasian (Professor, UA Army War College)
  • Toshi Yoshihara (Professor, US Naval War College)
  • Tomoyuki Ishizu (Chief, International Conflict Division, CMH, NIDS)

(Discussants)

  • Haruo Tohmatsu (Professor, National Defense Academy)
  • Kyoichi Tachikawa (Chief, Military History Division, CMH, NIDS)
  • Narushige Michisita (Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

12th International Forum on War History

12th Forum (2013)
"Defense of the Wider Realm:
the Diplomacy and Strategy of the Protection of Islands in War"

Date : September 25, 2013 (Wednesday)

Location : Hotel Grand Palace "Diamond Hall, Tokyo

(Keynote Speaker)
Yoji Koda, VADM JMSDF (Retired) (Former Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet)

(Special Speaker)
Dr. Azar GAT(Professor, Tel Aviv University)

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Phylomena H. BADSEY(Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton)
  • Dr. David HORNER(Professor, Australian National University)
  • Prof. Frank G. HOFFMAN(Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University)
  • LTC Tatsushi SAITO(Research Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS)
  • Dr. Stephen BADSEY(Professor, University of Wolverhampton)
  • Dr. Ken KOTANI(Senior Research Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS)
  • LtCol Jun YANAGISAWA(Professor, Air Staff College)

(Discussants)

  • Dr. Kanji AKAGI(Professor, Keio University)
  • Dr. Ryoichi TOBE(Professor, International Research Center for the Japanese Studies)
  • Dr. Yuichi HOSOYA(Professor, Keio University)

(Chairman)

  • Prof. Junichiro SHOJI(Director, Military History Department, NIDS)

11th International Forum on War History

11th Forum (2012)
"The Legacy and Implications of the Pacific War"

Date : September 26, 2012 (Wednesday)

Location : Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Room "Fuyo (Central)

(Keynote Speaker)
H.P. Willmott (Honorary Research Associate, Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich)

(Speakers)

  • Fumitaka Kurosawa (Professor, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
  • Liu Jie (Professor, Waseda University)
  • Kyoichi Tachikawa (Chief, Military History Division, CMH, NIDS)
  • Peter Dennis (Emeritus Professor, The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy)
  • Philip Towle (Professor, University of Cambridge)
  • Roger Dingman (Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California)

(Discussants)

  • Haruo Tohmatsu (Professor, National Defense Academy)
  • Hiroshi Noguchi (Associate Professor, Nanzan University)
  • Ken Kotani (Senior Research Fellow, International Conflict Division, CMH, NIDS)
  • (Chairman)
  • Prof. Junichiro Shoji (Director, CMH, NIDS)

Previous International Forums on War History

Tenth Forum (2011)
"The Pacific War as Total War"

Date : September 14, 2011

Location : Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo.

(Keynote Speaker)
Dr. Yoko Kato (Professor, University of Tokyo)

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Jan Willem Honig (Professor, King's College London)
  • Prof. Tomoyuki Ishizu (Chief, International Conflict Division, Center for Military History, NIDS)
  • Dr. Christopher Coker (Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Dr. Denis Showalter (Professor, Colorado College)
  • Dr. David Horner (Professor, Australian National University)
  • Dr. Atsushi Koketsu (Vice President, Yamaguchi University)
  • Dr. Geoffrey D.W. Wawro (Professor, University of North Texas)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tomoyuki Wada (Fellow, Military History Division, Center for Military History, NIDS)
  • Prof. Keishi Ono (Chief, Society and Economy Division, Security Studies Department, NIDS)

(Discussants)

  • Dr. Kanji Akagi (Professor, Keio Univeristy)
  • Dr. Ryoichi Tobe (Professor, International Research Center for the Japanese Studies)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Fumio Takahashi (Professor, Air Staff College)
  • (Chairman)
  • Prof. Junichiro Shoji
    Director, Center for Military History, NIDS

The Proceeding of the Forum 2011( Japanese / English )

Ninth Forum (2010)
"The Strategy of the Axis Powers in the Pacific War"

Date : September 29, 2010
Location : Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo.

(Special Speaker)

  • Dr. Martin van Creveld (Professor, Hebrew University)

(Keynote Speaker)
Dr. Masaki Miyake (Emeritus Professor, Meiji University)

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Gerhard Hirschfeld (Professor, University of Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Nobuo Tajima (Professor, Seijo University)
  • Dr. Jost Dulffer (Professor, University of Koln)
  • Dr. Nicola Labanca (Associate Professor, University of Siena)
  • Dr. Kiyoshi Aizawa (Chief of the Second Research Office, Military History Department, NIDS)
  • Dr. Vassili Molodiakov (Visiting Professor, Takushoku University)

(Discussants)

  • Prof. Junichiro Shoji (Deputy Director, Military History Department, NIDS)
  • Dr. Kyoichi Tachikawa (Senior Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tomoyuki Wada (Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS)
  • (Concluding Speaker)
  • Dr. Ryoichi Tobe (Professor, International Research Center for the Japanese Studies)

(Chairman)

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tadashi Kagatani
    Director, Military History Department, NIDS

The Proceeding of the Forum 2010( Japanese / English )

Eighth Forum (2009)
"Strategy in the Pacific War"

Date : September 30, 2009 (Wednesday)
Location : Grand Prince Hotel, Akasaka, Tokyo.

(Special Speaker)

  • Dr. Edward Luttwak
    Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies

(Keynote Speaker)

  • Dr. Ikuhiko Hata
    Professor Emeritus, Nihon University/Lecturer, Nihon University

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Kiyoshi Aizawa
    Chief, Military History Department, NIDS
  • Dr. Williamson Murray
    Senior Fellow, Institute of Defense Analysis / Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University
  • Dr. Brian Farrell
    Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Col. Noriaki Yashiro
    Senior Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS.
  • Dr. Phillips O'Brien
    Director, Scottish Centre for War Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Mr. Junichiro Shoji
    Deputy Director, Military History Department, NIDS
  • Dr. John Ferris
    Director, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, Calgary University

(Discussants)

  • Dr. Haruo Tohmatsu
    Professor, Tamagawa University
  • Mr. Hiroyuki Shindo
    Senior Researcher, Military History Department, NIDS
  • Dr. Kanji Akagi
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

(Chairman)

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tadashi Kagatani
    Director, Military History Department, NIDS

The Proceeding of the Forum 2009( Japanese / English )

Seventh Forum (2008)
"The Japan Strategies of the Allies during the Road to Pearl Harbor"

Noted researchers from the wartime Allies (Australia, Britain, China, the Netherlands and the United States) were invited to this year’s forum, in order to discuss the processes by which their respective nations formed their grand strategies regarding Japan and the characteristics thereof, along with inter-Allied cooperation and differences regarding the formation and execution of those grand strategies.

Date : September 18,2008(Thursday)
Location NS Sky Conference, Sinjyuku, Tokyo.

(Distinguished Speaker)

  • Dr. Akira Irie
    Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Mark Stoler
    Professor Emeritus, Universty of Vermont.
  • Dr. Douglas E. Ford
    Professor, School of English, Sociology, Politis and Contemporary History, University of Salford
  • Dr. Steven C. Bullard
    Senior Historian,Military History Section, Australian War Memorial. Independent historian.
  • Dr. Herman T. Bussemaker
    Independent historian.
  • Dr. Lu Xijin
    Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Daito Bunka University
  • Dr. Ken Kotani
    Fellow, 1st Military History Research Office, Military History Reseach Department, NIDS.

(Commentator)

  • Mr. Hiroyuki Shino
    Senior Reseacher, Military History Department, NIDS.
  • Dr. Kyoichi Tachikawa
    Joint research Coordinator, NIDS and Senior Reseacher, Military History Department, NIDS.
  • Dr. Nobu Iwatani
    Fellow, 1st Military History Reseach Office, Military History Research Department, NIDS.

(Chairman)

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tadashi Kagatani
    Director, Military History Department, NIDS

Summary of Sessions 2008 (PDF)

Sixth Forum (2007)
"New Perspectives on the War in the Pacific: Grand Strategies, Military Governments and POWs"

The purpose of this Forum was to discuss the war efforts and aims of the United States and Japan from the widely differing perspectives of strategic planners, military governments and POWs, in order to seek new and unique insights which would deepen our understanding of the military history of the War in the Pacific.

Date : September 26 (Wed.), 2007
Location : "Ivy Hall," Aogaku Kaikan

(Distinguished Speaker)

  • Mr. Masayasu Hosaka
    Military historian and author, Japan

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Ryoichi Tobe
    Professor, National Defense Academy, Japan
  • Dr. Allan R. Millett
    Ambrose Professor of History and Director, Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans; Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.
  • Col. Michio Haga
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Dr. Conrad C. Crane
    Director, U.S. Army Military History Institute, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Kyoichi Tachikawa
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Dr. Mark P. Parillo
    Associate Professor, Kansas State University, U.S.A.

(Commentator)

  • Dr. Kanji Akagi
    Professor, Keio University, Japan

(Chairman)

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tadashi Kagatani
    National Institute for Defense Studies

Summary of Sessions 2007 (PDF)

Fifth Forum (2006)
"The Legacies of the Korean War: A Reevaluation" "

The Korean War was a major cause of the current instability and opaqueness in the Korean Peninsula. This year’s Forum will therefore analyze and discuss the impact of the Korean War from the perspective of the various countries involved in it, in order to reevaluate the military significance and legacies of the war.

Date : September 20 (Wed.) and 21 (Thu.), 2006
Location : Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya

(Distinguished Speaker)

  • Dr. Fuji Kamiya
    Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan

(Special Speaker)

  • Gen. (Ret.) Paik Sun Yup
    Former Chief of Staff, ROK Army

(Speakers)

  • Dr. Myung-Lim Park
    Professor, Yonsei University, Korea
  • Mr. Junichiro Shoji
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Dr. Zhang Xiaoming
    Professor, Peking University, China
  • Dr. Vasily Mikheev
    Director, Center for China, Central and North East Asia Security Studies, IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Allan R. Millett
    Ambrose Professor of History and Director, Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans; Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Michael Hopkins
    Associate Professor, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom

(Discussants)

  • Col. Kazumi Kuzuhara
    Instructor, Military History Branch, Education Department, JGSDF Staff College, Japan
  • Dr. Jun Yasuda
    Professor, Keio University, Japan
  • Dr. Ken Kotani
    National Institute for Defense Studies

(Chairman)

  • Maj. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi
    National Institute for Defense Studies

Summary of Sessions 2006 (PDF)

Fourth Forum (2005)
"Japan and the Future of Airpower: Historical Perspectives"

The purpose of this forum was to reassess the changing roles of Air Power during the century after the first manned powered flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903.

Date : September 14 (Wed.) and 15 (Thu.), 2005
Location : Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya

(Distinguished Speaker)

  • Gen. (Ret.) Hitoshi Omura
    Former Chief of Staff, Air Staff Office, JASDF; Former Director General, Dept. of Technology, Air Staff Office, JASDF

(Speakers)

  • Prof. Philip Sabin
    King’s College London, UK
  • Prof. Emeritus Williamson Murray
    Ohio State University, USA
  • Maj. Jun Yanagisawa
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Dr. Benjamin Lambeth
    Senior Staff Member, RAND Corporation, USA
  • Prof. Toshiyuki Shikata
    Teikyo University; General (Ret.)
  • Prof. Matitiahu Mayzel
    Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Prof. Kim Ihn-Yohl
    Korea Air University; Col. (Ret.), ROK
  • Prof. Tomoyuki Ishizu
    National Institute for Defense Studies

(Discussants)

  • Prof. Junichiro Shoji
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Prof. Takashi Genda
    Col., Air Staff College, JASDF
  • Maj. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Adm. (Ret.) Hajime Sakuma
    Former Chairman, Joint Staff Council

(Chairman)

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoshinaga Hayashi
    National Institute for Defense Studies

Third Forum (2004)
The Russo-Japanese War and the World: A Centennial Perspective"

Researchers from a number of the countries which were affected by the Russo-Japanese War were invited for its 100th anniversary to reassess its international implications, through discussions of the war’s impact on their respective countries.

Date : September 29th, Wednesday - 30th, Thursday, 2004
Location : Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya

(Special Presentation)

  • Prof. Dmitrii B. Pavlov
    Moscow City Archives

(Speakers)

  • Prof. Keith Neilson
    Royal Military College, Canada
  • Dr. Berthold J. Sander-Nagashima
    German Military History Office, Germany
  • Prof. Ewa Palasz Rutkowska
    Warsaw University, Poland
  • Prof. Lee Sunhwan
    Keimyung University, Korea
  • Prof. Selcuk Esenbel
    Bosporus University, Turkey
  • Prof. Yukio Ito
    Kyoto University
  • LtCol. Fumio Takahashi
    Air Staff College, JASDF
  • Dr. Kyoichi Tachikawa
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • LtCol. Hisayuki Yokoyama
    National Defense Academy

(Discussants)

  • Dr. Kiyoshi Aizawa
    National Institute for Defense Studies
  • Assoc. Prof. Chiharu Inaba
    Meijo University
  • Prof. Fumitaka Kurosawa
    Tokyo Women’s Christian University
  • Assoc. Prof. Haruo Tohmatsu
    Tamagawa University

(Chairman)

  • Yoshinaga Hayashi
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

Summary of Sessions 2004 (PDF)

Second Forum (2003)
"Makings of U.S.-Japanese Strategy"

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Japan-U.S. alliance is taking on a major role in a context where the U.S. has been seeking a new international order, as seen in the Iraq War. With this global situation in mind, participants from both countries discussed comparisons of strategic ideas of both Japan and the U.S. from a historical viewpoint.

Date : October 15th, Wednesday to 16th Thursday, 2003
Location : Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya

(Keynote speaker)

  • Shinichi Kitaoka
    Universtiy of Tokyo

(Speakers)

  • Francis Hoffman
    Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
  • Williamson Murray
    Ohio State University
  • Richard Sinnreich
    School of Advanced Military Studies, Command & General Staff College
  • Mackubin Thomas Owen
    Naval War College
  • Hiroshi Nakanishi
    Kyoto University
  • Jun’ichiro Shoji
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
  • Tomoyuki Ishizu
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
  • Narushige Michishita
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

(Discussants)

  • Ikuhiko Hata
    Scholar of Modern History
  • Toshikazu Inoue
    Gakushuin University

(Chairman)

  • Yoshinaga Hayashi
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

First Forum (2002)
"The war leadership - Comparative study on Japan and the United Kingdom in World War II"

At the First NIDS International Forum on War History held in 2002, the participants from Japan and the U.K. compared the war leadership of Japan and the U.K. in World War II. The meeting focused on the war leaders and examined the subject at the level of national strategy, military strategy, the operations in Malaya and Singapore, the operations in Burma and Imphal and air operations.

Date : September 18th, Wednesday to 19th, Thursday, 2002
Location : Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya

(Keynote speaker)

  • Kenichi Ito
    President & CEO of the Japan Forum on International Relations, Inc. (JFIR), Professor, Aoyama-Gakuin University

(Speakers)

  • Saki Dockrill
    Senior Lecturer, King’s College, University of London (KCL)
  • Ryoichi Tobe
    Professor, National Defense Academy (NDA)
  • Brian Bond
    Professor Emeritus, King’s College, University of London (KCL)
  • Kanji Akagi
    Professor, Keio University
  • Carl Bridge
    Professor, King’s College, University of London (KCL)
  • Kyoichi Tachikawa
    Senior Research Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS
  • Graham Dunlop
    Retired Colonel, The Royal Marines
  • Kenichi Arakawa
    Senior Research Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS
  • Michael Dockrill
    Emeritus and Visiting Professor, King’s College, University of London (KCL)
  • Hisayuki Yokoyama
    Research Fellow, Military History Department, NIDS

(Discussants)

  • Takahiko Tanaka
    Professor, Hitotsubashi University
  • Kimitada Miwa
    Professor Emeritus, Sophia University

(Chairman)

  • Yoshinaga Hayashi
    Director, Military History Department, NIDS

(Master of Ceremonies)

  • Junichiro Shoji
    Chief of 1st Research Office, Military History Department, NIDS

Summary of Sessions 2002 (PDF)

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