This reception was held in honor of Professor Peter Berton to recognize the work that he and his colleagues, Rodger Swearingen and Paul Langer, conducted in the 1950s on the Japanese communist movement. Professor Berton shared his recollections of researching Japan during the Occupation period and in the early Cold War. During their research in Japan, they acquired a number of primary Japanese materials which became the nucleus of the Japanese collections at USC. An exhibit of the acquired materials and the works by Professors Berton, Langer, and Swearingen was also held at the event. A recorded webcast is available through the link provided below. 

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(Duration: 1:33:51)

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Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3:00 – 5:00 pm/ Book Exhibit: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Place: Doheny Library, Intellectual Commons, Rm. 233/ Book Exhibit: East Asian Library Seminar Room

Book exhibit in the Seminar Room

Welcome and opening remarks
 (Webcast: 00:00:00-00:03:03)
 - Kenneth Klein, Head, USC East Asian Library

 Introduction by Moderator
 - Saori Katada, Associate Professor, USC School of International Relations

Speech (Webcast: 00:03:04-01:06:40)
 - Peter Berton, Emeritus Professor, USC School of International Relations

Q&A (Webcast: 01:06:41-1:33:51)

Closing reception

Informal conversation at book exhibit

 This photo was taken at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan in 1951. Professor Berton was one of three graduate students from Columbia University given access to their archives, for his doctoral dissertation on the Russo-Japanese alliance during the First World War.

There he met several senior diplomats, including former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1932) Yoshizawa Ken’kichi 芳沢謙吉 (seated, second from right), former Vice Foreign Minister (1941) Amau Eiji 天羽英二 (standing, fourth from left), and diplomat Mushanokōji Kintomo 武者小路公共 (seated, on the far left). Seated next to the left of Mushanokōji are Professors James Morley, Peter Berton, and Hugh Borton. Mushanokōj signed the Anti-Comintern Pact (Nichi-Doku Bōkyō Kyōtei 日独防共協定) in Berlin in 1936. Amau is known for the Amau Doctrine (Amau Seimei 天羽声明) which was Japan's Monroe Doctrine for East Asia. During his research in 1951, Professor Berton also met and interviewed former Prime Minister (1948) Ashida Hitoshi 芦田均 and Aoki Arata 青木新 former secretary to Uchida Kōsai 内田康哉, Foreign Minister (1911-12, 18-23, 32-33) who called for Japan's withdrawal from the League of Nations.

  • Tomoko Bialock, Japanese Studies Librarian
  • East Asian Library
  • University of Southern California
  • 3550 Trousdale Parkway
  • Doheny Library, Intellectual Commons, Rm. 233
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089