Dr. HATANO Sumio, Director-General of Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award for 2021. (August 20, 2021)
August 20, 2021
On August 20, 2021, Dr. HATANO Sumio, Director-General of Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award for 2021 in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to promoting of mutual understanding between Japan and foreign Countries.
The JACAR Glossary website "Japan's Army During the Meiji and Taishō Eras, 1868–1926" updated (July 26, 2021)
July 26, 2021
The JACAR Glossary website "Japan's Army During the Meiji and Taishō Eras, 1868–1926" has been updated with 20 new items covering the 1st through 20th Divisions.
For further details, please view the links posted below:
Japan Center for Asian Historical Records released JACAR Glossary "Japan's Army during the Meiji and Taisho Eras". (June 29, 2021)
June 29, 2021
The year 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of national armed forces by the Meiji Government. In 1871, the Meiji Government first created armed forces under the government control by unifying armed groups which had previously been organized by feudal domains. The Meiji Government also divided the country into several regions and established army garrisons for each region. In 1871, the Meiji Government also created the departments of Army and Navy within the Ministry of War.
On this occasion, we compiled a collection of terms related to the Imperial Army of Japan by focusing on the Meiji and Taisho periods. It covers the formation of Japan’s modern military, the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the Siberian Intervention. It is our hope that this new collection of JACAR Glossary will help you better understand the history of the Japanese army. Please note that this new collection does not cover the Showa era.
JACAR released Japanese-English Bilingual Translations Collection. (June 25, 2021)
June 25, 2021
The Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR) released a catalogue of English translations of historical terminology, with the cooperation of the Data Verification Committee* convened by JACAR. We hope this Japanese-English Bilingual Translations Collection will prove helpful. Please note that our translations collection is aimed at presenting standard translation of historical terminology and should not be seen as the official translation made by the Government of Japan.
*"Data Verification Committee": A committee composed of outside experts who verify and review the results of the work undertaken by JACAR in constructing its database (current chairperson: SHOJI Junichiro, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, National Institute for Defense Studies).
JACAR Newsletter No.32 Released (September 30, 2020 *Re-posted on October 20)
October 20, 2020
The September 30 edition of the JACAR Newsletter (Issue No. 32) contained certain several passages that required correction. Accordingly, the original issue has been withdrawn and replaced by a corrected edition that was released on October 13. Our apologies for any confusion that this has created.
Notification regarding reduction of our operation associated with the emergency declaration (April 10, 2020)
April 10, 2020
Following the announcement of the emergency declaration concerning the novel coronaviruses (COVID-19), we will stop responding to inquiries by phone, e-mail, or form for the time being. It might take longer than usual to respond your inquiry. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding in advance.
A special web exhibition “Meiji Japan's Contributions to Asia as Seen in Archival Records: Foreign Relations Infrastructure and the Foreign Policy Network” released.
（June 3, 2019）
June 4, 2019
This special exhibition focuses on the relationship between Japan and East Asia during the Meiji period. It spotlights the changes that occurred during those years at central and local government institutions—particularly those involved with diplomatic affairs—and at specialized educational institutions of all types, and also the work done to create and maintain the transportation, telecommunication, and manufacturing infrastructure at the time. The exhibition does this in order to explore the question of what kind of relations Japan built with the Western powers and its closest neighbors in Asia. Three of the thematic sections—"Map-Based Search," "Look at Regular Sea Routes," and "Look at Undersea Cables"—allow you to use a map to explore such matters as the distributions of diplomatic establishments abroad, lighthouses, and mines, and the state of work that was being done to establish regular sea routes and lay undersea communication cables. Through this map, you can search for materials related to the map listings at hand.
Special web exhibition "The Iwakura Mission: Tracking 150 People Who Crossed the Oceans" goes online. (May 30, 2019)
May 30, 2019
This web exhibition focuses on the Iwakura Mission, which the Japanese government dispatched for the purposes of getting acquainted with the peoples and governments of Western countries, holding diplomatic talks, and observing conditions in foreign lands. The website includes a search guide that visitors can use to more easily access items related to the Mission and a series of articles explaining the Mission’s historical background.
A special web exhibition "Homeland and Overseas, as Seen in Archival Records: Personnel Changes around Former Colonies and Occupied Territories" released. (January 31, 2018)
Febrary 01, 2018
This web exhibition looks at Japan's former colonies and occupied territories from the perspective of organizational changes in the governing institutions Japan established there, personnel movements among such institutions in the Japanese homeland and the former colonies and occupied territories, and the careers of bureaucrats who worked in the former colonies. Its specific goal is to shed light on what impact the existence of these former colonies and occupied territories had on Japan's government institutions and bureaucracy.
2017 EAJRS Conference in Oslo Talk Released Online: "Improving JACAR's Search System" (October 13, 2017)
October 13, 2017
European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS) Conference in Oslo
The talk took place on September 15, 2017 between 9:45 AM and 10:15 AM
JACAR Researcher Hikari Mizusawa "Improving JACAR's Search System"
A special web exhibition "Japan's Wartime and Postwar Periods Recorded: Transformation of Japan's Governance Structure" released.(December 22, 2016)
December 22, 2016
Do you know that some of the current Japanese political, social and cultural practices are rooted in the prewar days or maintained in different ways from that period? This web exhibition introduces how people's life had been transformed from the prewar period to the postwar occupation by using public records of the government organizations, laws and ordinances.