A Visit From the Emperor of Japan

A Visit From the Emperor of Japan

On September 26, 1971, Hirohito, the emperor of Japan, touched down in Anchorage, Alaska, where President Nixon was waiting to …read more

1972: A Key Year for Nixon’s Asia Policy

1972: A Key Year for Nixon’s Asia Policy

On January 6-7, 1972, President Nixon met with the Prime Minister of Japan, Sato Eisaku, at San Clemente to hammer …read more

Okinawa Down…More Issues to Go

Okinawa Down…More Issues to Go

This political cartoon from August 1971 suggests a foreboding future for relations with Japan. Fortunately, the reality was not so …read more

The Pressures which Led to the Reversion of Okinawa

The Pressures which Led to the Reversion of Okinawa

The Nixon administration issued 206 National Security Study Memoranda (NSSMs). These memos ordered the National Security Council to produce studies …read more

1953: VP Nixon in Japan

1953: VP Nixon in Japan

The presidency of Richard Nixon played a crucial role in the development of post-World War II relations between Japan and …read more

President Nixon’s China Visit, through a Contemporary Lens

President Nixon’s China Visit, through a Contemporary Lens

On Friday, February 25, 1972, during the historic visit to China, President and Mrs. Nixon hosted a Reciprocal Banquet for …read more

Understanding President Nixon’s Appreciation for Philosophy

Understanding President Nixon’s Appreciation for Philosophy

Reflecting upon his February 1972 China trip, President Nixon declared that his one of his most vivid impressions was the …read more

Mao and Nixon: A Colossal Moment in History

Mao and Nixon: A Colossal Moment in History

From left to right: Premier Zhou En-Lai, translator Tang Wensheng, Chairman Mao, President Nixon, and Henry Kissinger. (Not shown: National …read more

It’s the President’s Pleasure to Accept…

It’s the President’s Pleasure to Accept…

One of the most enjoyable duties of the President is accepting gifts from foreign heads of state on behalf of …read more

Striving for a Peaceful Power in the Pacific

Striving for a Peaceful Power in the Pacific

Departing from Hawaii en route to China on February 20th, 1972, President Nixon quoted President Theodore Roosevelt: “Our history will …read more