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College of International Relations  /
Department of International Relations

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 Thomas W   FRENCH  Associate Professor

■Concurrent affiliation
Graduate School of International Relations
■Graduate school/University/other
09/2005  Durham University,  International Relations,  International Relations of East Asia  Completed
12/2010  University of Southampton,  History,  History of occupied Japan  Completed
■Academic degrees
Batchelor of Arts (BA Hons.) (09/2004 Royal Holloway, University of London)   Master of Arts (MA) (09/2005 Durham University)   Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (12/2010 University of Southampton)  
■Career history
02/2008-02/2010  University of Winchester / Lecturer
04/2011-03/2012  Nagoya University of Foreign Studies / Visiting Lecturer
04/01/2012-  Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations / Associate Professor
■Academic society memberships
Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.  
Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.  
Member of the Association of Asian Studies.  
Member of the British Association of Japanese Studies.  
Member of the European Association of Japanese Studies.  
Member of the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand.  
Member of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations  
■Licenses and qualifications
Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Cert TESOL).  (2002)    Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Skills, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  (2009)    Fellow of UK Higher Eductaion Academy (PGCE equivalent).  (2009)   
■Subject of research
The Constabulary model: exploring the previous Constabularies in Asia and elsewhere and how they influenced the National Police Reserve.
The character of the National Police Reserve: examining the actual character and nature of the force.
The origins of the SDF: looking at the domestic and international influences on the force.
■Research summary
I currently conduct research on the origins, history, character, role and evolution of Japan's Self Defense Forces, especially the National Police Reserve (1950-1952).

 My work to date has been an empirical study of the history of Japan's National Police Reserve from its creation in July 1950 to its end in October 1952. It is the first ever attempt at a comprehensive and exclusively focused history of the force. The work examines the domestic and international origins of the force, the American Constabulary model upon which it was based, the NPR's character, and its evolution into its successor forces, the National Safety Force and Ground Self-Defense Force.

The study also seeks as its first aim, to demonstrate the Japanese influences on the creation of the force, which are a highly neglected area of the historiography.

The second main aim of this study is to reveal the actual organizational character of the NPR. This is required in a field where there is much debate over the character of the force but hitherto little work based on primary sources.

As the NPR has not yet been the exclusive subject of any academic monograph the study makes important contributions in a number of fields. Despite no detailed analysis having been done to date on the nature and organizational character of the force many assumptions are made about its character. By providing this analysis this study contributes significantly to clarifying many misconceptions currently held about the force.

Alongside these major contributions the study also contains many original elements and approaches to specific historiographical issues and problems.
■Research keywords
US-Japan Relations, National Police Reserve, Japan, United States, Security, International Relations, Self-Defense Forces, Douglas MacArthur, Yoshida Shigeru, Occupation Japan, 1945-1960, History, Politics. 
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Books
The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan: New Perspectives  T French (ed)  Routledge  Introduction, Chapter five, editor of volume.  08/2017  9781138195899
National Police Reserve: The Origin of Japan’s Self Defense Forces  Brill / Global Oriental  07/2014  9789004266711
PHD THESIS:
A History Of Japan's National Police Reserve 1950-1952: Army or Constabulary?  University of Southampton  02/2010
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Papers
Colorized, digitally enhanced photos of postwar Japan bring their subjects to life (Review: "Sengo Nihon no Fuko no Kiroku, GHQ Kameraman Boria ga Totta Nihon no Fukei" (Records of the Reconstruction of Postwar Japan, Japanese Scenes Taken by The GHQ Cameraman Boria))  T French  Japan Today  03/2019
Review: Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation by Edgar A. Porter and Ran Ying Porter  T French  Canadian Journal of History  53/ 1, 157-158  2018  0008-4107  10.3138/cjh.ach.53.1.rev31
Review: “Toward a More Amicable Asia-Pacific Region, Japan’s Roles.” Edited by Yoneyuki Sugita. Lanham: University Press of America. V+151  Japan Today  08/2016
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Research presentations
The Occupation of Japan (1945-1952?) and The Korean War (1950? – 1953)  Seminar “Japan’s First Modern Century, 1868-1968”  03/10/2020
An Unequal Structure? “Layering” the US – Japan Relationship  Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019  09/05/2019
'National Liberation' in the Service of 'Hegemonism', the Japanese Communist Party’s ‘Military Policy’ of 1950-1956  Asia-Pacific Studies Meeting Workshop  06/09/2019
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Other research achievements
Television program  Raiders of the Lost Past - Episode 6 : The Lost Sword of the Samurai, World Media Rights, Dec 2012.  12/01/2012-12/25/2012
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Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
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Achievements of joint / funded research
Old Friends, New Partners: a History of Anglo Japanese Military Relations: 1864-Present  04/2018-03/2022  Funded undertaking  Main representative
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Research exchange preferred theme
Japanese / East Asian Security
Occupation Studies  Japanese Military
Japanese Arms Industry / Procurement
Occupation of Japan  Technical consultation,Commisioned research,Joint research
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Courses taught
2017  Advanced Seminar  Seminar
2017  IR-GS102 Introductory SeminarⅡ  Seminar
2017  IR-GS301 Advanced Seminar  Seminar
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Teaching achievements
【宇治】探求選択A 「国際平和探究」①(スポット講義)   09/2015-09/2015
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■URL
 Academia.edu
■E-mail
■Research keywords(on a multiple-choice system)
Historical studies in general
Japanese history
History of the Orient
Politics
International relations