Historian available to comment on 70th anniversary of V-J Day

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Historian available to comment on 70th anniversary of V-J Day

HOUSTON – (Aug. 5, 2015) – On Aug. 14, 1945, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both Aug. 14 and 15 have been known as Victory Over Japan Day, or simply V-J Day.

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Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, professor of history and the Dunlevie Family Chair in History at Rice University, is available to comment on the significance of V-J Day’s 70th anniversary and post-World War II U.S.-Japanese relations.

Guthrie Shimizu is a historian who specializes in U.S. relations with the wider world, with a particular emphasis on U.S.-East Asian relations since the mid-19th century. Her historiographical research interests include the history of U.S.-Japanese relations, comparative colonialism, the trans-Pacific world, sports in international relations and global governance. Her current book project examines the rise and transformation of management regimes of international ocean resources (particularly fisheries) in the North Pacific in the first half of the 20th century.

Her recent books include “Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War” (2012) and “Creating People of Plenty: The United States and Japan’s Economic Alternatives, 1950-1960” (2001).

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To schedule an interview with Guthrie Shimizu, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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