2000 word paper
US-Japan Relations Essay

Choose ONE of the following titles and write AT LEAST 2,000 words on that topic, referenced and cited in the APA style, using at least five academic sources:

What was the significance of Perry’s arrival in Japan?

Why did Japan lose the Pacific War?

Can the Impact of the Occupation of Japan be characterised as ‘positive’ or ‘negative’?

Did the Occupation of Japan end in 1952?

Why were the Self Defense Forces created?

Why was Japan so valuable in the Cold War and what steps did the US take to ensure its pro-US orientation?

Did the ANPO treaty revision and protest of 1960 change anything?

How were the Korean and/or Vietnam wars connected to Japan?

Were the struggles surrounding the TPP typical of US-Japan trade friction?

How can Japan balance local protest and US pressure to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Okinawan base issue?

How did Japanese policy regarding the SDF change after the 1990-1991 Gulf War?

How have the policies of the Japanese government towards the US-Japan alliance changed over time, and what does this tell us about the future direction of US-Japan relations?

Your essay is due at the start of class in week 15. Late submissions will not be accepted.