Rice historian available to discuss 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in WWII


Jeff Falk

Rice historian available to discuss 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in WWII

HOUSTON – (Aug. 10, 2020) – Aug. 14 marks the 75th anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender to the Allies in World War II, effectively ending the deadliest conflict in history.

Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, professor of history and the Dunlevie Family Chair in History at Rice University, is available to comment on the significance of the anniversary, United States-Japanese relations since the war and origins of the U.S.’s permanent military presence in postwar Asia.

“V-J Day 75 years ago marked the starting point of permanent U.S. presence in East Asia and the lead-up to the two wars the U.S. fought in Asia after World War II,” she said.

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 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.

Other books by Guthrie Shimizu 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).

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


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Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu bio: https://history.rice.edu/faculty/sayuri-guthrie-shimizu

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