Vietnam War Bibliography:


Simon Avenell, Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. xi, 356 pp. Chapter 3 (pp. 106-147) deals with the Japanese anti-Vietnam-War organization Beheiren.

Ken Conboy, "The Flying Squad," in Ken Conboy, Spies on the Mekong: CIA Clandestine Operations in Laos (Havertown, PA: Casemate, 2021), pp. 79-92. Activities of the Japan Committee for the Investigation of War Crimes in Vietnam, and efforts by the CIA to block two of its members from travelling to North Vietnam via Laos late in 1970.

Guy Faure and Laurent Schwab, Japan-Vietnam: A Relation under Influences. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2008. xv, 177 pp. (Distributed in the United States by University of Hawaii Press.) French original Japon-Viet Nam: histoire d'une liaison sous influences. Paris: Les Indes savantes, 2004. xxxix, 155 pp. Traces the relationship back to the 14th century.

Motoo Furuta and Takashi Shiraishi, eds., Indochina in the 1940s and 1950s. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 1992.

Thomas R. H. Havens, Fire Across the Sea: The Vietnam War and Japan, 1965-1975. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Katsuichi Honda, Vietnam War: A Report through Asian Eyes. Tokyo: Mirai-Sha, 1972. 511 pp. Honda was a correspondent for Asahi Shimbun, in South Vietnam from December 1966 to October 1967, and in North Vietnam in 1968. He is quite critical of the United States. Interestingly, he has a much higher opinion of the Korean forces in Vietnam, stating (pp. 239-46) that his observations did not support the widespread reports of Korean brutality in Vietnam.

Sridhar Krishnaswami, "A Study of Alliance Politics: The Impact of the Vietnam War on American-Japanese Relations." Ph.D. dissertation, Political Science, Miami University, 1983. 250 pp. AAT 8321170.

William Marotti, "Japan 1968: The Performance of Violence and the Theater of Protest." American Historical Review, 114:1 (February 2009), pp. 97-135. Protests in Japan against the Vietnam War and the U.S. military, starting with the battle of October 8, 1967, between police and protesters belonging to Sanpa, at Haneda Airport, when Prime Minister Sato was leaving on a trip to South Vietnam.

Douglas H. Mendel, Jr., "Japanese Views of Sato's Foreign Policy: The Credibility Gap." Asian Survey 7:7 (July 1967), pp. 444-456.

Douglas H. Mendel, Jr., "Japanese Opinion on Key Foreign Policy Issues." Asian Survey 9:8 (August 1969), pp. 625-639.

Douglas H. Mendel, Jr., "Japanese Defense in the 1970s: The Public View." Asian Survey 10:12 (December 1970), pp. 1046-1069.

Edwin O. Reischauer, oral history. Reischauer, a top historian of Japan, was U.S. ambassador to Japan 1961-1966. This oral history, from the collection at the LBJ Presidential Library, has been placed online in the Lyndon B. Johnson Oral History collection at the Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia.

Masaya Shiraishi, Japanese Relations with Vietnam: 1951-1987. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, Southeast Asia Program, 1990. 164 pp.

Masaya Shiraishi, Nguyen Van Khanhy, and Bruce M. Lockhart, eds., Vietnam-Indochina-Japan Relations during the Second World War: Documents and Interpretations. Tokyo : Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, 2017. iii, 333 pp.

Yuko Torikata, "On the Fringe of Empires: The Vietnam War and Japan's Search for an Independent Role in Asia," in Pierre Journoud and Cécile Menétrey-Monchau, eds., Vietnam, 1968–1976: La sortie de guerre/Exiting a War (Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2011), pp. 83-96.

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