Saadia M. Pekkanen is Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Law, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Paul Kallender-Umezu is Japan Correspondent for Space News, and has been published widely in Japanese and domestic international media.
"In Defense of Japan remains an impressively well-researched and valuable book that makes a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of Japan. - Thomas U. Berger, Journal of Japanese Studies "There is an abundance of technical information here to satisfy readers with that particular interest, and the combination of Pekkanen's legal expertise coupled with Kallender-Uzemu's knowledge of Japan's space industry results in a richly detailed and insightful policy analysis that very few scholars in the field today could produce on their own... One hopes that policymakers in Washington, D.C. will take particular note of this publication and give it the careful and critical reading it deserves." - Walter E. Grunden, Technology and Culture "[An] excellent case study on Japan's space policy ... This book is a readable, cogent examination of the interaction of corporate interests with national security interests, and adds needed nuance to the emerging understanding of Japan as an important player in the field of international security." - Col. David Hunter-Chester, Military Review "[V]ery ambitious and admirable. The book is based on very extensive research and it provides a good record of the path of Japanese space policy development. It is a good book to use as a concise data book of Japanese space history." - Kazuto Suzuki, Social Science Japan Journal "In Defense of Japan draws substantively from an impressive number and variety of sources ... [T]he authors siphon a wealth of factual detail to document the market-to-military trend ... Anyone interested in reading a thoroughly researched, up-to-date, English-language treatise on the dual-use nature of Japan's evolving space activities need look no further than this particular volume, which might serve as a model for historically grounded analyses of other national space policies and programs." - Rick W. Sturdevant, High Frontier