Theodore Cohen (1918-1983) was the civilian chief of the Labor Division for the American Occupation of Japan (1946), and the
Adviser on Economic Programs to the chief of the Economic and Scientific Division (1947). In 1950, he went in to private business
with a Canadian import company in Japan. The collection consists mostly of material used in the preparation of his book,
Remaking Japan: the American Occupation as New Deal, published in 1987.
Theodore Cohen was born in New York City in 1918. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1938 and taught history
there from 1939 to 1940. He then went to work for military intelligence in the Office of Strategic Services from 1941-1944;
and then for military government planning in the Foreign Economic Administration from 1944 to 1945. With the end of World
War II, he joined the American Occupation of Japan as the civilian chief of the Labor Division in 1946, and helped push through
important labor reform. In 1947, he was promoted to Adviser on Economic Programs to the chief of the Economic and Scientific
Division. In 1950, he left the American Occupation administration and went in to private business with a Canadian import company
in Japan until 1973. He died on December 21, 1983.
5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
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