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  • Surrender Ceremony aboard USS Missouri

    Resource

    Picture of the surrender ceremony with original picture caption.

  • Yukio Mishima Overtaking the Self Defense Forces

    Resource

    Famed novelist Yukio Mishima on the balcony of the Ichigaya Station of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces in 1968, before committing suicide.

  • Illustration of first Japanese Parliament

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    Illustration of the first Japanese Parliament reproduced from an engraving.

  • Headline Announcing Japanese Attack on the US

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    Banner Headline from the New York Times of December 8, 1941, announcing Japan's attack on the United States.

  • Postwar Japan, 1952-1989

    Essay

    Peter Frost, Frederick L. Schuman Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Williams College and Visiting Professor of History and Senior Research Associate at the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi, examines the positive and negative reactions to the changes that occurred in postwar Japan, specifically in regard to the quality of life.

  • The Allied Occupation of Japan

    Essay

    Professor Peter Frost gives an overview of the reforms and examines the controversy surrounding an especially contentious period in Japanese history, the Allied Occupation.

  • Imperial Japan: 1894-1945

    Essay

    Historian Jonathan Lipman provides an overview of Japanese political history during this period, situating it within the larger context of East Asia and Japan's views towards East Asia.

  • Saigo Takamori Statue

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    This statue of Saigo Takamori, a leader in the Meiji Restoration and later rebel against the Meiji government, is a famous meeting point in Ueno Park in Tokyo.

  • Bronze Statue of Former Vice-Minister of War Omura Masujiro

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  • Souvenirs At Yasukuni Shrine

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    Pictures of souvenirs, which can be interpreted as nationalistic, being sold at Yasukuni Shrine. This Shrine, dedicated to Japanese war dead, is extremely controversial.

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