In January 1946, Kenneth Colton began work in GHQ SCAP’s G-2 as a research analyst and intelligence specialist in the Civil Intelligence Section (CIS), focusing on Japanese political parties. He later joined the Civil Historical Section. His tenure with GHQ SCAP ended in 1952 when the Occupation of Japan came to a close, but his interest in Japanese politics continued. In 1956, Colton published the article, Japan Since Recovery of Independence (Nov., 1956), pp. 40-53, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 308. He taught at Sophia University, the International Christian University (ICU), American University and Kent State University.
The Kenneth E. Colton Papers span the years 1917-1974 and include correspondence, clippings, reports, photographs, manuscripts and memoranda related to Japanese political parties and figures, primarily from the period 1945-1955. An item-level finding aid for the collection was recently completed and can be found here.