A delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMOD) visited the Hoover Archives on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Led by Nobushige Takamizawa, president of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), the delegation included NIDS senior fellow Masayuki Masuda and fellow Tomohiko Satake. Don Meyer, director of resource development, along with Linda Bernard, deputy archivist at Hoover, greeted the delegation. Hsiao-ting Lin, Hoover research fellow and curator of the Hoover Archives’ Asian Collection, along with Curator Lisa Nguyen, acquainted the group with Hoover’s holdings on modern Japan. Materials displayed included modern Japanese manuscript collections and pictorial materials dating from the late nineteenth century to the post–World War II era. Hoover national fellow Colonel Hidetada Inatsuki and visiting fellow Nobu Iwatani also attended the archival tour.
Nobushige Takamizawa, an expert on Japan’s defense policy and military strategy, joined the Japan Defense Agency in 1978. From 2007 until July 2011, he was director general of the JMOD’s Bureaus of Operational and Defense Policy before taking up his present assignment in August 2011. The NIDS, one of Japan’s top think tanks, is noted for its War Archives, which houses historical documents relating to modern Japanese military leaders.