Technologies of cold war diplomacy transforming postwar japan

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In the mid-1960s, the Japanese government brought a technology focus to its relations with the United States, aiming to build respect for Japan as an equal partner in world affairs, as well as a source of high-quality industrial products. Efforts to replace its identity as an impoverished and defeated enemy with that of Cold War ally, trade partner, and industrial competitor were constrained by Americans’ preconceptions and the partic-ular functions of technology in international relations. The U.S. government engaged in its own technopolitics, mobilizing American technical knowledge to push Japanese policy in desired directions. This article highlights the difficulty of using technology as a tool of diplomacy by examining its role in U.S.-Japanese relations through a popular cultural initiative and top-level diplomatic discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-155
Number of pages28
JournalTechnology and Culture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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