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Mariya Sevela gathers oral recollections from the people of Karafuto, a Japanese colony on the island of Sakhalin from 1905 until the arrival of the Soviet army forty years later.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann explores Japan's transition from isolation to internationalisation.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

Richard Sims looks at Japanese fascism in the 1930s.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

The Japanese Emperor Hirohito, introduced by Richard Storry.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

Japan had two great infatuations with the West: in the 1870s and during the American occupation of 1945-52. Forsaking traditional isolationism, Japan welcomed Western ideas and customs with open arms, and according to Jean-Pierre Lehmann, what resulted was not an ersatz Western culture but one that retained a distinct national identity

Volume: 31 Issue: 1 1981

C.R. Boxer begins our special feature on Japan, considering the reception of Europeans in the country from the 16th century.

Volume: 31 Issue: 10 1981

Nagasaki is often immediately associated with the American atomic attack on August 9th, 1945. However, it was also, for over two centuries, the only place in Japan open to foreigners. How were Europeans received there?

Volume: 31 Issue: 10 1981

The last operation of the Japanese Naval Command, writes Albert Vulliez, was a deliberate act of suicide. It was received by the people with a ‘sombre bitterness’. Translated by Patrick Turnbull.

Volume: 27 Issue: 6 1977

Michael Cooper recalls how Vivero y Velasco, a Spanish administrator, composed an excellent account of Japan and its rulers after his unintended visit.

Volume: 25 Issue: 12 1975

The first English ship reached Japan in 1613. Michael Cooper describes how the Chief Factor of the East India Company recorded some reminiscences.

Volume: 24 Issue: 4 1974

Ivan Morris describes how the idea of heroic failure has always exerted a strong hold on the Japanese imagination.

Volume: 22 Issue: 7 1972

Ivan Morris asserts that, among the legends of the prehistoric Japanese past, it is the aura of failure and tragedy surrounding his end that establishes Yamato Takeru as a model hero.

Volume: 21 Issue: 9 1971

Geoffrey Evans describes how British and Indian forces recovered Burma from the Japanese during the Second World War.

Volume: 19 Issue: 3 1969

Founded by Saint Francis Xavier, the Roman Catholic Mission in Japan was formally abolished by the Shogun in 1614.

Volume: 16 Issue: 1 1966

P.M. Clayburn describes how, from the mid-sixteenth century onwards, Japanese feudal lords competed with one another in the construction of massive and imposing castles. Today many of them have been lovingly restored.

Volume: 15 Issue: 1 1965

For nearly four hundred years the “Peaceful and Tranquil City” was the administrative centre of Japan, writes George Woodcock, and for more than a thousand years remained the home of the Japanese Emperors.

Volume: 14 Issue: 12 1964

Just over a hundred years ago, writes William Watson, an unprovoked attack on a party of inoffensive Westerners was followed by violent reprisals.

Volume: 14 Issue: 5 1964

In the 1860s a group of the younger Samurai launched the Meiji revolution in the Emperor's name. This event, writes Henry McAleavy, helped convert Japan into a modern country, with Western fashions and techniques imposed upon the national habits of centuries.

Volume: 9 Issue: 5 1959

The achievements of the Meiji regime in transforming Japan, within the space of half a lifetime, into one of the most powerful of modern states are justly regarded as among the most remarkable events in history. But the restoration of the Emperor and the fall of the Shogun was brought about at the cost of a fierce domestic struggle, writes Henry McAleavy, which involved many strange personalities and dramatic events.

Volume: 8 Issue: 9 1958

In 1862 a Japanese official mission visited England, nine years after the re-opening of their country to the world. Carmen Blacker describes how their strange attire and “inscrutable reticence” surprised the mid-Victorian public.

Volume: 7 Issue: 12 1957

Her victory in the Russo-Japanese war, writes C. Platanov, which came to an end in September 1905, established Japan as a modern world-power.

Volume: 5 issue: 12 1955

David Woodward recounts how, after a voyage from the Baltic of 11,000 miles, the Russian Second Pacific Fleet was dramatically destroyed off the coast of Korea by the Japanese.

Volume 3: Issue: 2 1953

J.D. Hargreaves reviews the delicate truce that existed between Britain and Japan in the early years of the twentieth century.

Volume: 2 Issue: 4 1952

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