Wakako Higuchi earned her PhD in Pacific and Asian history from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and an MA in Micronesian studies from the University of Guam. She also holds a BA in Oriental history from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Higuchi is now a Visiting Research Fellow with the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University and a research associate with the Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam. She was a former lecturer in Japanese Modern History and language at the University of Guam and University of Maryland. She is the member of the Japan Institute of Pacific Studies, and the Military History Society of Japan.
As a specialist in Japanese colonial and military history, Dr. Higuchi does research and writing for several archeological and other research projects on Guam and Micronesia pertaining to the Japanese administration period. Her current area of study is the Japanese military’s Aleutian operation during the Pacific War in relation to their Central Pacific policies.
Dr. Higuchi was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Guam and the 2001 Humanities Scholar Award from the Guam Humanities Council.
Dr. Higuchi’s work includes:
- “A History of Pre-war Japanese Residents of Guam” In Guam History: Perspectives Volume One. Mangilao, GU: University of Guam Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, 1997.
- “Japan’s Economic Exploitation of a US Territory of Guam, 1941-1944,” Pacific Studies 31, no. 1 (March 2008).
- A US Territory in Japan’s Micronesia: The Japanese Navy Administration of Guam, 1941-1944. NC: McFarland & Company, 2010, in press.
- “The Japanisation Policy of the Chamorros of Guam, 1941-1944,” The Journal of Pacific History 36, no. 1 (2001).
- “Remembering the War Years on Guam: A Japanese Perspective.” Manuscript submitted to War in the Pacific National Historical Park National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, 2001.
- “A Report on Comfort Women of Guam.” Tokyo: The Asian Women’s Fund, 1999.
- “A US Territory in Japan’s South Sea Islands: The Japanese Navy Administration of Guam.” PhD thesis, The Australian National University, 2006.