RUSI and NIDS Fellowship


NIDS Fellow: Ken Kotani

Ken Kotani has been a fellow of National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense, Japan since 2004 and researched on intelligence history in the Second World War. He obtained his MA in War Studies from King's College London, his Ph.D. in International History from Kyoto University and joined the CSIS-JDA executive course of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington D.C. Ken is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He was awarded the Yamamoto Shichihei Prize for his book, Intelligence of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, in 2007.

Ken's major fields of study are intelligence studies and Anglo-Japanese relations in the 1940s.

His publications include:

In English

  • Japanese Intelligence in World War II, (Oxford: Osprey, 2009)
  • "Pearl Harbor: Japanese Planning and Command Structure", in Daniel Marston (ed.), The Pacific War Companion (Oxford: Osprey, 2005)
  • "Could Japan Read Allied Signal Traffic?", Intelligence and National Security, Vol.20, No.2, (June 2005)

In Japanese

  • Igirisu no Joho Gaiko (British Intelligence and Far Eastern Policy, 1940-1941) (Tokyo: PHP Publishing, 2004)
  • "Senrrykaku Kettei Niokeru Intelligence No Yakuwari (Intelligence in Decision Making Process of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy)" (Senryaku Kenkyu(Strategy Studies) 2005)
  • "Igirisu Joho-Bu No Tainichi Image 1937-1941: Jyoho-Bunseki to Genjitsu no Gap (British Intelligence Image of Japan 1937-1941: The Gap between the Intelligence Estimate and Reality)" (Kokusai Seiji (International Politics) 2002)



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