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Vassili Molodiakov
  • Vassili Molodiakov 
  • By this author: 2 Latest posted: 2017.11.06
Professor, The Research Institute for Global Japanese Studies, Takushoku University. Born in Moscow in 1968.  Graduated in 1993 from Moscow State University, where he also received a PhD in history in 1996. Also obtained a PhD in advanced social and international studies from the University of Tokyo in 2002 and an LLD in political science from Moscow State University in 2004. Was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, in 2000–1. Became senior fellow of Takushoku University’s Institute of Japanese Identity in 2003 and professor in 2012. Has written over 30 books in Russian, 15 of which are about Japan. Two books have been published in Japanese: Gotō Shinpei to Nichi-Ro kankei-shi (Gotō Shinpei and the History of Russo-Japanese Relations) and Japonizumu no Roshia (Japonism in Russia). Has also written over 50 articles in Japanese.
The Secret Alliance with Japan Shattered by the Russian Revolution2017.11.06

The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the world. One of its little-known consequences was the destruction of a newly minted alliance with Japan, which could have changed the balance of power in Asia. It was also the closest diplomatic relationship the two countries had ever enjoyed. This article, first written for the centenary of the July 1916 treaty, looks at how it came to be signed.

Who Is the Author of Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan?2015.09.07

Shiratori Toshio, 1887–1949. On December 10, 1945, Shiratori Toshio, former Japanese ambassador to Italy and now a Class A war criminal, finished writing a lengthy letter addressed to Foreign Minister Yoshida Shigeru as he awaited trial in Sugamo Prison. The letter was written in English. This may have been for one of two reasons: to give prison censors the slip or to catch the attention of …

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