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Early Japan

Ancient Japan (Washington State University)
Early Japan (Japan-guide.com)
Japan: Founding Myth (Variable.net)
Shinto: A Brief History (Religioustolerance.org)
Jomon Period (ICT)
Yayoi Period (ICT)
Birth of a Nation under Chinese Influences (ICT)
Japanese Emperors (Japan-guide.com)
Japanese Buddhism: A Historical Overview (Aizu Historical Project)
Schauwecker's Guide to Japan: Confucianism (Japan-guide.com)
The Estate System (Aizu Historical Project)
Japanese Art History

Feudal Japan

The Emperor System and Japan's Royal Family (Japan Inc.)
Image: Stirrups (CUNY)
Japanese Art History: Painting (UC Berkeley)
Japanese Poetry (Washington State University)
Zen Buddhism (Metalab, UNC)
Zen Buddhism: the Way of Zazen (COIN)
10 Bulls (Zen Poems and Pictures) (SFU)
Zen Buddhism: Koan (Metalab, UNC)
The Tea Ceremony (UIUC)
Diary of Lady Sarashina
100 Poems by 100 Poets (13th century) (University of Virginia)
Noh Plays (University of Virginia)
Noh Masks (Iijnet.or.jp)
Samurai (American Kang Duk Won Karate Association)
Origins of the Samurai (David Lay)
Bushido and the Byakkotai (Aizu)
Greater Learning for Women (Washington State University)
Kabuki for Everyone (Fix.co.jp)
Will Adams: My Coming to Japan, 1611 (Internet East Asia Sourcebook)

Meiji Japan (1868-1912)

Meiji Japan (Sage Colleges)
Constitution of the Empire of Japan, 1889 (Hanover)
Alice Bacon, How Japanese Ladies Go Shopping, 1890
Lt. Sakurai, The Attack on Port Arthur, 1905 (East Asia Sourcebook)
Soseki Natsume, Kokoro

Modern Japan

Nanking Massacre, 1937
Imperial Rescript Declaring War (1941) (Cook)
Imperial Rescript Ending War (1945) (Cook)
Hiroshima Archive (Lewis and Clark)
Remembering Nagasaki
World War II Resources (Metalab,UNC)
Constitution of Japan, 1946


Japanese Text Initiative (Virginia)
Japan: Subject Guide (Council on East Asian Libraries)
Japanese History: Resources at Duke
Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources
Schauwecker's Guide to Japan
Overview and Maps of China, India, and Japan (Ross)
Folktales from Japan (University of Pittsburgh)
Japan Literature Net (Jali.or.jp)
Japanese Movie Listing (Geocities.com)

Japan's tendency to limit its contacts with the outside world ended in 1853, when a US naval squadron coerced trading concessions from the last of the Tokugawa shoguns.

  • 1868 Meiji Restoration; overthrow of Tokugawa regime and restoration of imperial power.
  • 1872 Modernization along Western lines. Japan's strong military tradition becomes state-directed.
  • 1889 Constitution modeled on Bismarck's Germany adopted.
  • 1894-1895 War with China; ends in Japanese victory.
  • 1904-1905 War with Russia; ends in Japanese victory. Formosa and Korea annexed.
  • 1914 Japan joins World War I on Allied side. Sees limited naval action.
  • 1919 Versailles peace conference gives Japan limited territorial gains in the Pacific.
  • 1923 Yokohama earthquake kills 140,000.
  • 1927 Japan enters period of radical nationalism, and introduces the notion of a "coprosperity sphere" in southeast Asia under Japanese control. Interpreted in the USA as a threat to its Pacific interests.
  • 1931 Manchuria invaded, placed under Japanese control and renamed Manchukuo.
  • 1937 Japan launches full-scale invasion of China.
  • 1938 All political parties placed under one common banner; Japan effectively ruled by militarists.
  • 1939 Undeclared border war with Soviet Union results in Japanese defeat.
  • 1940 Fall of France in Europe; Japan occupies French Indo-China.
  • 1941 USA imposes total trade embargo, including oil, on Japan thereby threatening to stifle its military machine. Japan responds in December by launching attack on US fleet at Pearl Harbor and invading US, British and Dutch possessions in the Pacific.
  • 1942 Japan loses decisive naval battle of Midway. Thereafter the tide of war turns as Japanese forces are driven back toward their home islands.
  • 1945 Huge US bombing campaign culminates in atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Soviet Union declares war on Japan. Emperor Hirohito surrenders, gives up divine status. Japan placed under US military government with Gen. MacArthur installed as supreme commander of Allied Powers in Japan.
  • 1947 Japanese constitution comes into effect; modeled on USA's, but retains emperor in ceremonial role.
  • 1950 Korean War. US army contracts lead to quick expansion of Japanese economy.
  • 1952 Treaty of San Francisco. Japan regains independence. Industrial production recovers to 15% above 1936 levels.
  • 1955 Merger of conservative parties to form Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which governs for next 38 years.
  • 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Bullet train (Shinkansen) inaugurated. Japan admitted to OECD.
  • 1973 Oil crisis. Economic growth cut. Government-led economic reassessment decides to concentrate on high-tech industries.
  • 1976 LDP shaken by Lockheed bribery scandal; in subsequent election remains in power but fails to win outright majority for first time.
  • 1979 Second oil crisis. Growth continues at 6% per year.
  • 1980 Elections: restoration of LDP overall majority.
  • 1982 Honda establishes first car factory in USA.
  • 1988 Japan becomes world's largest aid donor and overseas investor.
  • 1989 Death of Emperor Hirohito. Recruit-Cosmos bribery scandal leads to resignation of Prime Minister Noburo Takeshita; replaced by Sosuke Uno, forced to resign over sexual scandal. Tokyo stock market crash.
  • 1991-1992 LDP torn by factional disputes, further financial scandals and the issue of electoral reform.
  • 1993 Reformists split from LDP and create new parties. Elections; LDP loses power. Morihiro Hosokawa becomes prime minister at head of seven-party coalition.
  • 1994 Hosokawa resigns. Withdrawal of Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDPJ) causes collapse of coalition two months later. New three-party coalition includes LDP and SDPJ.
  • 1994 Opposition parties unified by creation of Shinshinto by Ichiro Ozawa. Implementation of far-reaching political and electoral reforms designed to eradicate "money politics."
  • 1995 January, Kobe earthquake kills more than 5,000 people.
  • 1996 Elections: ruling LDP returned to power with reduced majority. Ryutaro Hashimoto forms LDP minority government.
  • 1996 Copper trader Yasuo Yamanaka arrested, accused of incurring losses of US$2.6 billion while acting for the Sumitomo Corporation.
  • 1997 Economy enters severe recession.
  • 1998 Crisis over reform of banking and financial system. Keizo Obuchi replaces Hashimoto.


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