Dean Acheson and the Japanese Peace Treaty

  • Takeshi Igarashi


Less than two years after the end of the Pacific War, the Truman Administration reoriented United States policy for Japan. An old enemy suddenly became a new ally. Few Americans could have imagined such an outcome in 1945. The evolution of Dean Acheson’s ideas about Japan were in many ways representative of the Truman policy shift. Indeed, he was instrumental in bringing about that change. It was Acheson who presided over the climactic San Francisco Peace Conference of September 1951, as Secretary of State. His dexterous handling of the event — the first major international conference to be televised — left viewers with the impression of a reconciliation between the United States and Japan.


Foreign Policy National Archive Peace Treaty Peace Process Peace Talk 
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