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  Imperial Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ensign of Imperial Japanese Navy was a prominent symbol of Imperial Japan.
Japan was forced to import raw materials such as iron, oil, and coal to maintain strong growth in the industrial sector due to the lack of natural resources on Japan's home islands.
Japan claimed that this invasion was a liberation of the Manchus from the Chinese, just as it had claimed that the annexation of Korea was an act of protection.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Empire_of_Japan   (2294 words)

  
 Japan. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Japan proper has four main islands, which are (from north to south) Hokkaido, Honshu (the largest island, where the capital and most major cities are located), Shikoku, and Kyushu.
Japan has also become a global leader in financial services, with some of the world’s largest banks, but since the collapse of the stock and real estate markets in the early 1990s many of Japan’s banks have been burdened with high numbers of nonperforming loans.
The old myths of imperial and racial divinity, rediscovered by scholars in the Tokugawa period, were revived, and the sentiment of loyalty to the emperor was actively propagated by the new government.
www.bartleby.com /65/ja/Japan.html   (5901 words)

  
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Imperial Oath Sworn in the Sanctuary in the Imperial Palace
The Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by Imperial male descendants, according to the provisions of the Imperial House Law.
The expenditures of the Imperial House shall be defrayed every year out of the National Treasury, according to the present fixed amount for the same, and shall not require the consent thereto of the Imperial Diet, except in case an increase thereof is found necessary.
www.geocities.com /Tokyo/Temple/3953/conmeiji.html   (2878 words)

  
 Imperial Japan
By 1895 Japan was beginning to see the fruits of their labor as the defeat of China in several wars and the annexation of Taiwan brought Japan political recognition from many European countries.
Japan had finally won the respect of the developed world as a military power; however, they were still viewed as an inferior culture and were not afforded the same courtesies as predominantly Anglo-Saxon nations.
Around this time Japan’s Imperial Army and Navy began to gain increasing control of the country’s political functions; growth of the military became the predominant goal of the country.
filebox.vt.edu /users/jearnol2/MeijiRestoration/imperial_japan.htm   (1201 words)

  
 Untitled Document
The chronicles were meant to certify the divine origin of the imperial line by recounting the nation's history from the remote age of the gods down to the seventh century A.D. However, what they found was not what they were hoping for.
When told that the imperial tombs hold the keys to the study of ancient history, the director of the Imperial Household Agency replied, "The imperial tombs are the sites of religious rites venerating the ancestors of the Imperial House.
As the Agency charged with the care of the graves of the Imperial House, we cannot relent on the issue no matter what pressure is brought to bear." Some feel that the study of these imperial tombs is critical to our understanding of the period preceding written history.
www.mc.maricopa.edu /dept/d10/asb/anthro2003/godkings/emperial_japan/japan1.html   (2001 words)

  
 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem | 2004 | Splendors of Imperial Japan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The exhibition Splendors of Imperial Japan features works of art from the Khalili Collection which reflect a blending of East and West; while incorporating classical Japanese motifs and traditional techniques, they were made to appeal to the love of opulence then prevalent in the West.
The opening of Japan's gates to the West triggered dramatic changes, and from that point onward, the goal of molding the country into a modern state was regarded as the highest priority.
The era of the shoguns had ended, and the emperor became the head of state; Shintoism, wherein the emperor is regarded as a demigod, replaced Buddhism as the state religion, and gave legitimacy to the emperor's supreme authority.
www.imj.org.il /eng/exhibitions/2004/imperial   (1237 words)

  
 Japanese Culture - Royalty - The Imperial Family
It wasn't until Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun of the recently reunited Japan at the beginning of the Edo Period (1600~1868) that the imperial institution regained some of its former glory, if not its power.
By 1868, they had succeeded in toppling the Tokugawa shogunate and establishing a new national government under direct imperial rule - the Meiji Restoration (analogies to this period of revolutionary change are often made by today's radical politicians).
The Imperial Household Agency is the official office of the Imperial family.
www.japan-zone.com /culture/imperial.shtml   (1531 words)

  
 The Washington Note Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
What has happened is that the Imperial Household Agency, the massive, largely secret bureacracy that manages the affairs of Japan's imperial family, was irritated by the Crown Prince's honesty, and lapse of protocol.
But the Imperial bureaucracy's resistance to such modern honesty belies their desire to keep the imperial institution lurking in Japan's political system in case the opportunity for "Imperial revival" presents itself in the future.
Japan's emperor has rarely been a powerful force unto himself (or herself -- as there have been female emperors in Japan's ancient past) but has always been an important instrument of legitimacy for whatever force was ruling Japan.
www.thewashingtonnote.com /archives/000353.html   (2845 words)

  
 Japan Hotel - Imperial Hotel Tokyo Japan
Founded in the year 1890 at the direction of the imperial palace, Tokyo's legendary Imperial Hotel boasts a history as colourful and dramatic as contemporary Japan itself.
From its very first days, The Imperial set the stage for the introduction into Japan of the latest in western technologies, culture and traditions of hospitality.
A brilliant array of grandly appointed ballrooms, Japan's largest hotel executive service centre, swimming pool and saunas, a gracious and useful guest relations desk and numerous other facilities assure every guest of the Imperial an ideally-balanced, rewarding and memorable sojourn.
www.southtravels.com /asia/japan/imperialtokyo   (498 words)

  
 CBC News Indepth: Japan
Post-war Japan is occupied by the Allied powers, which demilitarize the country and supervise return of all territories seized by Japan.
Japan outrages China by approving school textbooks that gloss over Nanjing massacre as an "incident." China allows several anti-Japan protests.
Japan may be the world's second-biggest economy, but it's looking over its shoulder at China's "economic miracle" and knows that it faces an increasingly formidable competitor – and one with a long memory.
www.cbc.ca /news/background/japan   (697 words)

  
 Imperial Japan's Language Policies in Colonial Korea - Events - Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
It is well-known that Imperial Japan executed a series of language policies in Colonial Korea in the name of promoting "national language" (Japanese) to the Korean colonial subjects.
This seminar concerns how Imperial Japan's language policies in Colonial Korea were molded, applied, and implemented by focusing on the role of Hoshina Koichi (1872-1955), who offered key ideas and policy suggestions to the colonial government.
Her major works include The Thought of National Language: Perceptions of Language in Modern Japan [Kokugo to iu shiso] (Iwanami shoten, 1996), which was awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 1997, and articles on ethnic minorities and languages, language and modernity, and ethnic selfhood and language.
ieas.berkeley.edu /events/2003.02.28.html   (286 words)

  
 Constitution of the Empire of Japan
Imperial Oath Sworn in the Sanctuary in the Imperial Palace (Tsuge-bumi)
The Imperial Founder of Our House and Our other imperials Ancestors, by the help and support of the forefathers of Our subjects, laid the foundation of Our Empire upon a basis, which is to last forever.
Each and every on eof the provisions contained in the preceding Articles of the present Chapter, that are not in conflict with the laws or the rules and discipline of the Army and Navy, shall apply to the officers and men of the Army and of the Navy.
www.microworks.net /pacific/road_to_war/imperial_constitution.htm   (2846 words)

  
 Death of the Father: Hirohito & Imperial Japan
With the military defeat and allied occupation in 1945, Japanese imperial authority, along with Emperor Hirohito, died a
Shinto rites for the Imperial Family, followed by a public and secular ceremony attended by international dignitaries.
His once distant and god-like image was replaced by that of a smiling, gentle, grandfatherly figure in civilian clothes.
cidc.library.cornell.edu /DOF/japan/japan.htm   (241 words)

  
 Pre-Renaissance Japan:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Japan, unlike Britain or the United States, was very reluctant to mobilize women in war industries.
At marriage the control of a woman’s property went to her husband, child custody was the sole right of the father if divorce occurred, and husbands’ illegitimate sons had rights to family estates over legitimate daughters.
This analysis contends that Japan has a much smaller divorce rate than Western countries because of a traditional family system in which marriage was viewed as a means of perpetuating the family line, not as an emotional relationship.
www.smith.edu /fcceas/curriculum/wollam.htm   (7169 words)

  
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To the 100 million people of Japan that have received the Imperial Rescript of the Sacred War, I firmly believe that ever since the outbreak of the war the 100 million people are united under the Imperial message, their determination unchangeable and firm, and their faith immutable.
In regard to Europe, the Imperial government at this time wishes to sincerely express its felicitation to Germany and Italy that are cooperating with Japan in the fulfillment of the same objective in this war and achieving great war results by overcoming various difficulties.
At this time, as a result of sincerity shown by our imperial forces, the people of Burma in the various areas that are under the Japanese military administration of peaceful guidance have voluntarily brought upon themselves the chance to attain their independence.
www.ibiblio.org /pha/policy/1942/420527a.html   (2333 words)

  
 Imperial Japan: The Paths to War, Perspectives on Japanese Patriotism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The setting is 1932-1933 Japan, a period of political unrest with young military officers and students plotting to assassinate leaders of government and business "corrupted" by Western capitalism and materialism.
In fact, most of these news reports on pre-1937 Japan are, while cautious of its growing military strength and ambitions, sympathetic to the nation's political, military, and economic situation.
For the purpose of this unit on Imperial Japan, the first 24 minutes of the Yamamoto biography and the first 32 minutes of the Hirohito biography deal with the conditions in Japan leading to the war.
www.aems.uiuc.edu /HTML/ChalkGuides/Imperial.html   (2618 words)

  
 Heian Japan
What happened instead was that power accumulated under a single family, the Fujiwara, who managed to skillfully manipulate and hold onto their power in the face of changes and rivalry for over three centuries.
Because of this, the imperial line of descent has remained unbroken in Japanese history from the late Yamato period.
Japan, on the other hand, was still very backward when one left the capital city of Heian-kyo.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/GLOSSARY/HEIAN.HTM   (496 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Japan royals end cigarette gifts
Japan's Imperial Palace is to end its decades-old tradition of giving special cigarettes as gifts to employees.
The palace said it was responding to a decline in smoking in the country, amid efforts to discourage the habit.
The Imperial cigarettes, each imprinted with a gold chrysanthemum flower, are made by Japan Tobacco, and went into production in 1934.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4076266.stm   (251 words)

  
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As the Imperial correspondent for Japan's top news agency said: "Now you know why she has become ill. There are so many old rules like these that must be making life unbearable for someone who was used to having a lot of freedom.
This faction has never been particularly comfortable with the assertive, cosmopolitan aspects of the princess' character that have made her a doyen of the foreign press, even though these qualities put her closer to the prevailing attitudes and lifestyles of contemporary Japanese women, a majority of whom are working and delaying marriage and children.
According to one former Imperial correspondent for a major newspaper: "At any one time about 20 to 25 journalists from different news organizations cover it, but there are hundreds of journalists registered in the IHA press club, in case of an accident or incident related to the Emperor.
www.japanfocus.org /139.html   (3926 words)

  
 Japan Focus Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The imperial couple was about to travel to Ireland and Norway and as an Irish journalist I had been granted the privilege of asking two questions.
Supporters tend to cite the emperor’s diplomatic role as an ambassador for Japan abroad, although his father’s controversial role in the Pacific War means the institution is forever tainted in Asia.
But in May when her husband blamed the Imperial Household for her illness, the question was in the public domain, and you couldn’t understand the story fully until you got the rest of the information.
japanfocus.org /article.asp?id=475   (4851 words)

  
 Japan's Imperial Family| Internet Guide | National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
From Japan Echo, "a bimonthly journal of informed opinion on a wide range of topics of current interest within Japan." Shuji Takashina introduces several of the issues surrounding the extension of the right of imperial succession to women.
"Japan's palace courtiers face big obstacles-in the form of tradition, politics, and their own code of behavior-as they struggle to create a modern role for the country's imperial family."
Home page for Ise Jingu, the Shinto shrine in Ise, Japan of Amaterasu Omikami, "ancestor of the Imperial Family and tutelary kami of the Japanese people," and Toyouke Omikami, the kami for agriculture and industry responsible for Amaterasu Omikami's food.
www.indiana.edu /~japan/iguides/imperial.html   (582 words)

  
 Imperial Palace- Tokyo, Japan - VirtualTourist.com
The Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public.
Imperial Palace, is a greeny place that you can view the famous and well-known-Nijubashi Bridge, you can see a section of the Imperial Palace.
Today the inner (first) court is occupied by the Imperial Household Department, the west court by the current Imperial Palace and the third court by ministerial offices.
www.virtualtourist.com /travel/Asia/Japan/Tokyo_to/Tokyo-969164/Things_To_Do-Tokyo-Imperial_Palace-BR-1.html   (1603 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Japan panel wants women on throne
Japan's 71-year-old ruling emperor, Akihito, has two sons and a daughter, but none of them have so far produced a male heir to ensure the succession.
Japan has had female monarchs before - between the 6th and 18th centuries - but all have reigned in emergency circumstances and none had children who then ascended the throne.
Needless to say, Japan's imperial family gives an almost two thousand year legacy to all Japanese nationals with a rich tradition and spiritual centripetality for Japanese.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4374568.stm   (882 words)

  
 Ancient Japan
Only an authentic member of the Imperial family, descended from the sun-goddess, could be regarded as divine and could intercede with heaven on behalf of human beings.
Through much of Japan's early history, women seem to have exercised considerable political/social influence; they become completely subservient to men only after the 15th century.
These records suggest that Japan had been unified sometime earlier (probably near the middle of the 4th century) under the strong leadership of the Yamato.
mockingbird.creighton.edu /english/worldlit/wldocs/churchill/japan.htm   (1731 words)

  
 Japan Architecture: Imperial Palace temple, Kyoto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Kyoto Imperial palace was rebuilt in 1855 after a disastrous fire—a fairly common occurrence in central Kyoto.
When the Emperor Meiji transferred Japan's capital from Kyoto to Tokyo, a new palace was built in Tokyo.
Hence, this is the "Old" Imperial palace, built in the Heian style.
www.orientalarchitecture.com /kyoto/GOSHO.htm   (99 words)

  
 Authenticating Culture in Imperial Japan
During the interwar years in Japan, discourse on culture turned sharply inward after generations of openness to Western ideas.
The discussion moves between Germany, France, and Japan, providing a guide to the development of culture in a number of national settings from the turn of the century to the 1930s.
Her theoretically informed approach situates culture in a historical perspective and charts the ideological dimensions of cultural aesthetics in Japan.
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/6651.html   (450 words)

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