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Tomoyuki Sasaki

Associate 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.


Japan's Postwar Military and Civil Society:  Contesting a Better Life, SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan, Bloomsbury, 2015

“Japan’s Radical Postwar Turnaround: From Militarism to Pacifism,” The Quarterly Journal of Military History, 28:01, 2015

“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

“Global Capitalism and South American Workers in Japan,” AAS-in-Asia (Association for Asian Studies), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015

“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

“An Army for the People: The Self Defense Forces and Civil Society in Postwar Japan,” guest speaker for the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, College of William and Mary, 2014

“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