Ricardo Jose

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Dr. Ricardo T. Jose (born 29 October 1957) is a Filipino history scholar and professor. His field of specialization includes Philippine History, particularly on Military History and Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, East Asia History, with focus on Military and Diplomatic Histories.

He was born on 29 October 1957 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, where he still lives at present with his family.

He finished his A.B. History and M.A. History at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. In 1987, he studied Japanese Language and Japanese History at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa Japan. He had his Ph.D. History at Tokyo University in March 1995. He has been a member of the faculty of Department of History of the University of the Philippines, Diliman from 1979 up to the present.


Selected Research/Publications

His research and works were primarily focused on the history of the Armed Forced of the Philippines and on the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. Among his publications are the following:

  • The Philippine Army, 1935-1942 (Ateneo de Manila University Press 1992)
  • The Commonwealth Defense Plan and the Philippine Army, 1935-1941
  • Captive Arms: The Constabulary Under the Japanese, 1942-1944 (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman 1997)
  • The Philippine Revolutionary Press, 1896-1900.
  • The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. Vol. 7 in the ten-volume series on Philippine History, Kasaysayan. Metro Manila: Asia Publishing Co., 1998.
  • The Battle of Bataan: A Primer. Metro Manila: Infinit-1, 2003.
  • The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines: A Pictorial History. Metro Manila: Ayala Foundation, 1997; co-authored with Lydia N. Yu-Jose
  • The Filipino Saga: History as Social Change. Quezon City: New Day, 2000. Co-authored with Rosario M. Cortes and Celestina Boncan.
  • Selected Correspondence of Dr. Jose P. Laurel. Manila: Lyceum of the Philippines, 1997.
  • The Philippines Under Japan: Occupation Policy and Reaction. Co-edited with Ikehata Setsuho. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1999.
  • An Annotated Bibliography on Philippines-Japan Relations, 1935-1956. (with Lydia N. Yu-Jose). Manila: Yuchengco Institute of East Asia, 1998
  • The Brutal Holocaust : Japan's World War II Atrocities and Their Aftermath with Armando A. Ang, 2005 *The Book on the Japanese Occupation: World War II and the Japanese Occupation. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2006. part of the Pamana series, The UP Anthology of Filipino Socio-Political Thought since1872. 384p.
  • Globalization, Localization, and Japanese Studies in the Asia Pacific Region: Volume 3: Remembering World War II in the Philippines: Memorials, Commemorations and Movies, 2010

Various articles in local and international books, journals and periodicals, among them:

  • “Japanese Food Production and Distribution Programmes in the Philippines,” in Kratoska, Paul H. (ed.) Food Supplies and the Japanese Occupation in South-East Asia. Hampshire: Macmillan Press, 1998.
  • Chapters on the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon and Jose P. Laurel, in Philippine Presidents: 100 Years, edited by Rosario Mendoza Cortes. Quezon City: New Day, 1999.
  • Chapter on the Philippine Legislature during the Commonwealth and Japanese periods. in Cesar P. Pobre (ed.) One Hundred Years of Philippine Legislatures, Quezon City: New Day, 2000.
  • “A Tale of Two Occupations: Observations on the U.S. Occupation of the Philippines, 1898-1941 and the U.S. Occupation of Okinawa, 1945-1951.” In Lydia Yu-Jose and Rosalina Palanca-Tan (eds.) Philippines and Japan: Directions and Challenges. Quzon City: Japanese Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University, 2000.
  • “War and Violence, History and Memory.” Kwok Kian-Woon et al (eds.). We Asians: Between Past and Future. Singapore: Singapore Heritage Society and National Archives of Singapore, 2000.
  • “Accord and Discord: Japanese Cultural Policy and Philippine National Identity during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945).” Ch. 11 (pp. 249-269) in Li Narangoa and Robert Cribb (eds.) Imperial Japan and National Identities, 1895-1945. London: Routledge Curzon, 2003.
  • “Test of Wills: Diplomacy Between Japan and the Laurel Government.” Ch. 6 of Setsuho Ikehata and Lydia Yu-Jose (eds.) Philippines-Japan Relations. Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2003. Pp. 185-222. (Japanese edition published by Iwanami Shoten, 2004).
  • “Labor Usage and Mobilization during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, 1942-1945.” Ch. 14 (pp. 267-284) in Kratoska, Paul H. (ed.) Asian Labor in the Wartime Japanese Empire: Unknown Histories. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.
  • “Nichiro Senso to Firipin” (The Russo-Japanese War and the Philippines; pp. 169-181) In Yamanashi Gakuin Setsuritsu 60 Shunen Kinen: Nichi-Ro Senso to Potsumasu Giwa (60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Yamanashi Gakuin University. The Russo-Japanese War and the Portsmouth Peace Agreement). Kofu City: Yamanashi Gakuin University, 2006. (translated to Japanese from original paper in English).
  • (with Yu-Jose, Lydia N.) “Introduction: The Development of Southeast Asian Studies in Japan: Changes in Scope, Focus and Approach.” (pp 3-17) In Saito, Shiro (ed.) Japanese Contributions to Southeast Asian Studies: A Resource Guide. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Association for Asian Studes, Inc., 2006. Resources for Scholarship on Asia, No. 4
  • “Reflections on Yasukuni Shrine.” In Azurin, Arnold M. and Mahiwo, Sylvano D. (eds.) Junctions Between Filipinos and Japanese: Transborder Insights and Reminiscences. Metro Manila: Kultura’t Wika, 2007. (pp. 159-170).
  • “Baler and Dibut Bay during World War II.” In Sonia Ner (ed.) Baler, Aurora. Metro Manila: Rural Empowerment Assistance and Development Foundation, Inc., 2007. pp. 165-169.
  • “Manila during the Japanese Occupation.” In Remembering World War II in the Philippines, Volume I. Manila: National Historical Institute, 2007. pp. 15-22.
  • “The Philippine War Crimes Trials, 1947-1949.” In Remembering World War II in the Philippines, Volume II. Manila: National Historical Institute, 2007. pp. 65-80.
  • “War Memorials and Commemorations in the Philippines: An Exploratory Look.” In Lydia N. Yu-Jose (ed.) The Past, Love, Money and Much More: Philippines-Japan Relations Since the End of the Second World War. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila Japanese Studies Program, 2008. pp. 15-37.

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  • Philippine National Historical Society, lifetime member
  • Philippine Historical Association
  • Philippine Institute of Military History
  • Southeast Asia Research Group of Japan Institute for International Affairs in Tokyo
  • Association of Southeast Asian History (Tonan Ajia Shi Gakkai) in Japan,
  • Association of Military History (Guniji Shi Gakkai), Japan.
  • Adviser, UP Lipunang Pangkasaysayan (UP LIKAS), the History students' organization at University of the Philippines – Diliman in 2006 and 2009
  • Trustee, AFP Museum and Historical Library Foundation, Inc., 1999-
  • Associate Member, National Research Council of the Philippines, 1999-
  • Philippine Association for Chinese Studies, 1997-
  • (Secretary, 1996- ), Memorare Manila 1945 Foundation, 1995-


  • Asia Foundation Grant, Observation/Study Tour on Military History, United States, June-July 1985
  • Okinawa Prefectural Government Scholarship, 1986-1987
  • Japanese Ministry of Education (Mombusho) Scholarship, 1988-1990
  • Japan Foundation Fellow, 1993-1994
  • United States Information Service (USIS) Individual Research Grant to the American Studies Resource Center, Hyderabad, India, May 1998
  • Visiting Fellow, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, September 2001-August 2002
  • Visiting Foreign Researcher, Sophia University, Tokyo, January-August 2002
  • Visiting Exchange Professor, St. Norbert College, Wisconsin, August-December, 2007
  • U.P. Diliman Chancellor’s Award: Best Researcher (Social Sciences and Law) for 1999, November 1999
  • Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of Social Sciences, from the National Academy of Science and Technology; July 1997 (the first historian to receive the award)
  • Gawad KSSP 1998, from Kolehiyo ng Sosyal Sayans at Pilosopoya, Feb. 1998




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