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 Accordingly, the original issue has been withdrawn and replaced by a corrected edition that was released on October 13.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.
JACAR periodically sends an email magazine to subscribers informing them of our endeavors and undertakings. The 30th issue is now available on this website.
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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.
A special web exhibition “Post-World War Two： Demobilization and Repatriation” released. (February 24, 2016)
February 24, 2016
If you are struggling to find the right search term for a JACAR archival record, try using our navigation system's topic search feature. You can browse by subject and can also find documents from chronological tables, maps, and organizational information.
A special web exhibition “A Window into the Early Showa Period -Shashin Shuho : Weekly Photographical Journal, 1938-1945-” released (Mar 31, 2015)
Mar 31, 2015
A special English web exhibition “A Window into the Early Showa Period -Shashin Shuho : Weekly Photographical Journal, 1938-1945-” is released. Shashin Shuho (Weekly Photographical Journal) was founded by the Cabinet Intelligence Department of Japan in February 1938. This pictorial magazine was published almost weekly for more than seven years until the 375th volume in July 1945. This exhibition traces a society, people's life and transition of the wars in the early Showa period Japan by numerous photographic articles on this journal, along with various related documents.
A special web exhibition co-produced by JACAR and the British Library “The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 ： as seen in prints and archives” released. (May 27, 2014)
May 27, 2014
A special web exhibition “The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 ： as seen in prints and archives” released. This web exhibition has been produced as a collaboration between JACAR and the British Library. Its aim is to bring together the collection of prints of the Sino-Japanese War held by the British Library and documents made public by JACAR to show how the events of the Sino-Japanese War were depicted and recorded by the people of the time.
Report on 10th Anniversary Symposium (November 29, 2011)
November 29, 2011
Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR) held its 10th anniversary symposium, “Retrospect and Prospect: the 10 Years of JACAR,” at Waseda University on November 18, 2011. Download this PDF for a report of the event along with a synopsis of speeches notably given by Columbia University Professor Emeritus Donald Keene, Former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda, President of the National Archives of Japan Masaya Takayama, and Cabinet Office Minister Parliamentary Secretary Yasuhiro Sonoda.
Office Relocation to Hongo, Tokyo (August 31, 2011)
August 31, 2011
On September 12th, JACAR’s office will relocate to the address below. While our telephone and fax numbers will change, our homepage will not. Please note that on our premises there will no longer be a document browsing room, as we provide all our digitalized documents online.
Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)
National Archives of Japan Independent Administrative Institution
Sumitomo Fudosan Hongo Bldg., 10F
22-5, Hongosanchome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033