FRENCH, Thomas William


Japanese History, Japanese Politics, History of US-Japan Relations, History of UK-Japan Relations

Research Topic

Much of my research to date concerns the origins, history, character, role and evolution of Japan's Self Defense Forces, especially the National Police Reserve (1950-1952). This topic fits within my broader research on the US Occupation era (1945-1952). This period, which saw significant changes in almost all aspects of Japanese life was arguably the defining era of postwar Japan, and studying it gives me and my students insight into various fields including: US-Japan Relations, Modern Japanese History, Japanese Politics and Foreign Relations. I am also currently researching the British military garrison of Yokohama (1864-1875), as part of a broader JSPS funded research project I am leading on UK-Japan peacetime military links from the 1860s to the present.