- ISBN/SKU: 9781591142263
- Binding: Hardcover & eBook Available at Publication Date
- Era: World War II
- Number of Pages: 214
- Subject: World War II
- Date Available: January 2014
“Colonel Frank Kowalski's An Inoffensive Rearmament is a prime resource for anyone seeking a better understanding of Japan in the post-WWII era. Rich with insights into the JSDF's earliest history, this memoir reads as easily and compellingly as (the best of) the pop-history genre. You will learn, through his eyes, how the Japanese JSDF came to be what it is today."
—General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), President and CEO, Jones Group International
Advance Praise for An Inoffensive Rearmament:
“This book, previously available only to Japanese readers, is an essential source for understanding the origins of Japan’s post?World War II defense forces and their role in United States-Japan security cooperation.”
—Roger Dingman, author of Deciphering the Rising Sun
“This memoir is an important record of Japanese-American military diplomacy that has oddly been available only in Japanese. The United States got the foundation for an army, but Kowalski, who was deeply involved in this process, argues that American and Japanese officials sacrificed long-term interests for short-term gain. This topic is still a controversial one on both sides of the Pacific and Robert Eldridge has provided an enormous service in making this English translation available.”
—Nicholas Evan Sarantakes, associate professor, U.S. Naval War College, and author of Allies against the Rising Sun
Col. Frank Kowalski served as the Chief of Staff of the American military advisory group that helped establish the National Police Reserve, the predecessor to the Japan Self-Defense Forces during its first two years of existence. His work provides a detailed account of the manning, logistics, and personalities involved in standing up—on short notice—of a force of approximately 75,000, while sharing insights about the diplomatic, political, legal, and constitutional challenges his headquarters and his Japanese counterparts faced in rearming Japan in the wake of the sudden outbreak of the Korean War. Published in Japanese in 1969, this is the first English version of this edition, and includes a biographic section about Kowalski.
Col. Frank Kowalski, USA, and member of Congress from Connecticut, died in 1974. He was Chief Military Governor in Kyoto, Japan, 1948-49 and Deputy Chief of Civil Affairs in Japan 1950-52. Robert Eldridge is as the deputy assistant chief of staff for Marine Corps Installations Pacific. He is the co-editor and translator of Fighting Spirit.