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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. Simply stated, our mission is to bridge the gap between the popular and the academic, and to bring the world of academic Japanese history accessible to a wider audience through discussion of topics and authors in an informative but informal manner. We encourage those listeners who want to know more to seek out works by the historians and authors we reference and interview, and to contribute to the conversation. Conversely, we hope scholars can view us as a way to reach a broader, non-specialist audience and raise the bar for general understandings of Japanese history. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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Oct 4, 2014

This episode, Nate continues his talk about the history of Japan's self defense force, the JSDF.  Nate, who worked directly with the JSDF in Japan, addresses questions about how the JSDF has evolved over the past 60 years, what its stated purpose and objectives are today, and in what specific situations and to what extent and capacity the JSDF is allowed to participate in military and wartime situations. Part two of two.

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Creation of Tough & Resilient Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

Midford, Paul. Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism? Stanford University Press (January 24, 2011)

Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)

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