Tetsuya Kataoka received his PhD in political science at the University of Chicago. From 1969, he served as assistant professor of political science at the State University of New York, and in 1982, he joined the University of Tsukuba as a professor of history and anthropology. He was also a fellow at the Smithsonian Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. He is also a former research associate of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Kataoka passed away in 2007.

Katayama called for constitutional revision and nuclear armament for Japan to be truly independent from the US; he argued that the US has “permanently occupied” Japan, imposing the “pacifist” constitution that limited Japan’s military potential. On his personal website, Kataoka mainly analyzed Japanese national strategy toward the United States and Asia. He also offered his views on constitutional revision, which are based on his unique military strategic analysis.