Document Type

Student Research Paper


Summer 2022

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize


Recognition and evaluation of history is vital for us to understand the international relations by outlining events happened between states and connecting each history to present structure of relationship. This research project will identify some of the key histories between Japan and the United States. It examines how the various aspects of societies and people developed in the past have led the way of relationship how it is now between two nations. Comprehending history supports acquisition of facts about the process of change in partnership over time and the shape of current relations in terms of peacebuilding, military and security, economy, politics, trade, and cultural exchange. This evaluation also includes a case study to answer a question of how different United States presidential administrations affect foreign relations between two nations and how this differs from the Japanese parliamentary system. Evaluation of history is vital to understanding the complexities of international relations. Analysis of historical events and the nuances of relationships between countries is best understood through a historical lens. The current project sought to better understand the present day relationship between Japan and the United States by delving into the nuances of this complicated, international relationship since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in 1945. Various aspects of the relationships between the two countries are considered including peacebuilding, military and security, economy, politics, trade, and cultural exchange. Additionally, the research used a case study design to evaluate the impacts of several different United States’ administrations on the relationship and to tease out the differences between the two governmental structures. The following research questions will be addressed: What events triggered the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and what reconciliations have been conducted between two nations?


Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Project (SCARP)



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