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Dr. Timothy S. George

Professor and Department Chair

A.M., 1993, Ph.D., 1996, Harvard University
M.A., 1984, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
A.B., 1977, Stanford University

Research Interests:

Postwar Japanese history
Citizen-corporation-state relations in Japan from Meiji through Shōwa
Local history and environmental history

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 171 - East Asian Culture and History
  • HIS 172 - Southeast Asian Culture and History
  • HIS 374 - History of Modern China
  • HIS 375 - History of Modern Japan
  • HIS 391 - Directed Study or Research
  • HIS 481-495 - The Asia-Pacific War: History, Media, and Memory in Japan and the United States
  • HIS 508 - Social History of Postwar Japan
  • HIS 508 - East Asian Environmental History
  • HIS 588 - Special Readings in Asian History
  • HIS 591 - Directed Study or Research



Japan since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble. Bloomsbury, 2012. Edited with Christopher Gerteis.

Minamata: Pollution and the Struggle for Democracy in Postwar Japan. Harvard University Asia Center, 2001; paperback 2002.

Japanese History and Culture from Ancient to Modern Times: Seven Basic Bibliographies. Second edition. Markus Wiener, 1995. Edited with John W. Dower.



"Toroku: Mountain Dreams, Chemical Nightmares in Rural Japan." Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power, ed. Ian Jared Miller, Julia Adeney Thomas, Brett L. Walker. University of Hawai'i Press, 2013.

"Furusato-zukuri: Saving Home Towns by Reinventing Them." Japan since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble, ed. Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George. Bloomsbury, 2012.

"Revisiting the History of Postwar Japan." Japan since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble, ed. Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George. Bloomsbury, 2012. With Christopher Gerteis.

"Fukushima in Light of Minamata." The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 11, No 5 (March 12, 2012).

"Minamata as a Window on Modern Japan." Education About Asia 15.3 (Winter 2010).

"The Global Article Nine Conference to Abolish War." Co-authored with Franziska Seraphim. Japanese Constitutional Revision Research Project, Harvard University, 2008.

"Meiji Restoration" and "Environment: East Asia." The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter N. Stearns. Oxford University Press, 2008.

"Tanaka Shōzō's Vision of an Alternative Constitutional Modernity for Japan." Public Spheres, Private Lives in Modern Japan, ed. Gail Bernstein, Andrew Gordon, Kate Nakai. Harvard University Asia Center, forthcoming in 2005.

"Minamata Disease: An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English." Minamata Forum, 2002. Pamphlet edited with Jitsukawa Yūta and Horikawa Saburō.

Entries on "Allied occupation," "Bullet train," "General strike," "Land reform," "Lockheed scandal," "Minamata disease," "Minobe administration," "Postwar constitution," "Recruit scandal," "Sagawa Kyūbin scandal," "Scandals," "Self-Defense Forces," "Surrender," and "Tokyo Olympics." Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture, ed. Sandra Buckley. Routledge, 2002.

"Japan's Meiji Restoration (1868)." Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions, ed. Jack A. Goldstone. Congressional Quarterly, 1998.

“Three 'Solutions' to the Minamata Disease Issue in 40 Years.” Water Report 96 (1997).
“Minamata and Japan’s Postwar Democracy.” Water Report 5.5 (1995).

"Sottchokusa to kyōryoku no kiban ga hirogatte iru" (The Basis for Frankness and Cooperation Is Expanding). Saisei suru Minamata (Minamata Rebuilds), ed. Kankyō Sōzō Minamata Jikkō Iinkai. Ashi Shobō, 1995.

"Early Meiji Private Draft Constitutions by the Ōmeisha and the Kyōzon Dōshū." Transactions of the International Conference of Orientalists in Japan 30 (1985).

"Watashi no Nihon kenkyū: Meiji zenki no shigi kenpō sōan" (My Research on Japan: Early Meiji Private Draft Constitutions). Cue, May-June 1985.

"Takasugi Shinsaku: The Foreign Threat and Lessons from China." Proceedings of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, 1983.

"Cultural Cues for Japan-Bound Exchange Students" and "100 Facts About Japan." Revised second editions. Pamphlets produced by Volunteers in Asia, for Youth for Understanding, 1982.



Saitō Hisashi. Niigata Minamata Disease. Co-editor and co-translator. Niigata: Niigata Nippō, 2009.

Harada Masazumi. Minamata Disease. Editor of translation. Translated with Tsushima Sachie. Kumamoto: Kumamoto Nichinichi Shinbun, 2004.

“The Message from Minamata to the World.” Minamata Disease Center Sōshisha, 2002. Pamphlet translated with Karen R. Colligan-Taylor.

“Minamata Exhibition English Guide.” Minamata Forum, 2001. Pamphlet translated with Tanaka Michi, Itō Yutaka, Kawashiri Chizu, Noda Reiko, Okada Kazuko, and Katō Masakatsu.

Narusawa Akira. “The Social Order of Modern Japan.” The Political Economy of Japanese Society, Volume 1, The State or the Market?, Banno Junji, ed. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Minamata Disease Municipal Museum and Minamata Disease Museum. “Ten Things to Know about Minamata Disease.” Minamata Environmental Creation Development, 1994; revised 1997 and 2001. Pamphlet translated with Jane George.

Ibe Hideo. “The Occupation and Postwar Society.” Chapter 9 of Ibe, Japan Thrice Opened: An Analysis of Japan-United States Relations. Praeger, 1992.

Takemae Eiji. “The Occupation.” Historical Studies in Japan (VII): 1983-1987. Yamaka Shuppansha, 1990.

Itō Takashi and Arima Manabu. “Japanese History—Modern Period.” An Introductory Bibliography for Japanese Studies, Vol. V, Part 2: Humanities, 1980-82, Japan Foundation, comp. Bonjin Co., Ltd., 1987.


Review of André Sorensen and Carolyn Funck, eds., Living Cities in Japan: Citizens' Movements, Machizukuri, and Local Environments. Journal of Japanese Studies 35.1 (Winter 2009).

Review of Brett L. Walker, The Lost Wolves of Japan. Journal of East Asian Studies 7.2 (May-August 2007).

Review of John F. Howes, Japan's Modern Prophet: Uchimura Kanzō, 1861-1930. Japanese Studies 26.2 (September 2006).

Review of Oiwa Keibo and Ogata Masato, Rowing the Eternal Sea: The Story of a Minamata Fisherman. Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77 (Summer 2003).

Review of Stephen Vlastos, ed., Mirror of Modernity: Invented Traditions of Modern Japan. Journal of Asian Studies 60.4 (Nov. 2001).

Review of Gary D. Allinson, The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History. Journal of Asian Studies 60.1 (Feb. 2001).

Review of Ardath Burks, Japan: Profile of a Postindustrial Power. Asia Record, August 1982.

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