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Tomoyuki Sasaki

Assistant Professor

702-J Pray-Harrold




Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
M.A. and B.A., Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Japan)

Interests and Expertise

Professor Sasaki joined the EMU faculty in 2010. He is a historian of modern Japan and modern East Asia. His research interest lies in civil-military relations in post-WWII Japan, particularly issues of democracy, capitalism, popular welfare, security, and state violence. As a teacher, he offers course on both East Asian and world history from the ancient to modern times.


The Self-Defense Forces and Civil Society in Postwar Japan: An Army for the People, SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan, Bloomsbury, 2015 forthcoming

“Whose Peace? Anti-Military Litigation and the Right to Live in Peace in Postwar Japan,” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 10, Issue 29, No 1, 2012

Conference Papers
“Negotiating Rights and Welfare: The Postwar Japanese State and Military Towns,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2014

“Localizing the Threat: Hokkaido and Cold-War Security,” Asian Studies Conference Japan, J. F. Oberlin University in Japan, Tokyo, 2013

“Rearmament and the Question of Patriotism in 1950s Japan,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Western Michigan University, 2012

“Between the People and the Individual: Anti-Military Litigation and the Right to Live in Peace in 1960s Japan,” Midwest Japan Seminar, Earlham College, 2011

Public Talks
“Making Useful Workers: The Self-Defense Forces in the Postwar Japanese Economy,” Noon Lecture, The Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2012




The History & Philosophy Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 701 Pray Harrold, 734.487.1018