Toshio Nishi

Research Fellow

Toshio Nishi is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He currently teaches at the Institute of Moralogy in Kashiwa, Japan.

From 1968 to 1971, Nishi worked as the first Japanese account representative for the J. Walter Thomson Company in New York and Tokyo.

From 1977 to 1985, Nishi was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hoover Institution as the first recipient of the Paul and Jean Hanna Endowment Fellowship. From 1985 to 1991, Nishi was a foreign correspondent for NHK Journal, a radio program of Japan's largest media system.

Nishi has written on the US military occupation of defeated Japan and contemporary Japan and Asia. His representative book in English is Unconditional Democracy: Education and Politics in Occupied Japan, 1945–1952 (Hoover Institution Press, 1982; reissued in 2003). His books in Japanese are Nichibei Konryokusen [Battle over Japan's soul] (Tokyo: Chuo Koron-shinsha, 2003, 2nd printing), Kuniyaburete MacArthur [The invasion of MacArthur] (Tokyo: Chuo Koron-shinsha, 1996, 6th printing; paperback in 2005), Fukoku Jakumin: Nippon [Wealthy nation, weak people: Japan] (Reitaku University Press, 1996, 5th printing), and MacArthur no Hanzai [The "crime" of MacArthur] (Tokyo: Otemachi Books, 1983).

Nishi is working on several manuscripts: Japan's Last Stand in the 21st Century (in English), Fireflies of the Empire (fiction in English), and an article entitled "Holy Ghost, Divine Greed, Slow Massacre: The Europeans in Sixteenth-Century Japan.” Currently he has been concentrating on Pearl Harbor and its lasting consequences.

Nishi has been awarded many scholarships and grants. From 1977 to 1985, he worked under a postdoctoral fellowship from the Hoover Institution. In 1977 he received the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Library Institute in Missouri.

After earning a BA in literature from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan in 1964, Nishi received his MA in communications in 1968 and his PhD in political studies of education in 1976, both from the University of Washington at Seattle.

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Fukushima: Three Years Later

by Toshio Nishivia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 13, 2014

As Japan teeters on the brink of nuclear disaster, has it learned any lessons at all?

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The New Japanese Nationalism

by Toshio Nishivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A once-reserved country fuels itself on indignation and catharsis.

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On the Cesium Road

by Toshio Nishivia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 6, 2012

Japanese feel angry and ignored, prisoners of both radiation and bureaucracy. By Toshio Nishi.

LAND OF THE SETTING SUN? The Future of Japan

with Toshio Nishi, Steven Vogelvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 6, 2004

From the 1950s through the 1980s, Japan experienced dramatic economic growth as it transformed itself from a defeated militaristic empire into a democratic, high-technology powerhouse. The Japanese economy became so dynamic that, by the late 1980s, some American experts were arguing that Japan would overtake the United States as the world's dominant economic power. And then the Japanese economy collapsed. And for nearly fifteen years, the economic malaise has continued. Why? What does Japan need to do to snap out of its doldrums? And what are the risks and benefits to American interests of a reinvigorated Japan?

Unconditional Democracy: Education and Politics in Occupied Japan, 1945–1952

by Toshio Nishivia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, January 1, 2004

On December 8 (Japan time), 1941, Imperial Japan launched a massive attack on beautiful Pearl Harbor, calling it "the preemptive first strike." The island empire, seduced by a mirage of eternal glory, had lunged forward without knowing its destination.