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  • Framing Twentieth-Century Japan: A Top-Ten List

    Essay

    A leading professor of modern Japanese history offers his provocative thoughts about the ten most important themes for American students to learn about 20th-century Japan.

  • Tokyo Bombing Damage

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    Picture of Tokyo illustrating the physical damage created by intensive bombing, especially in March 1945.

  • Japanese classroom in 1920

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    This 1920 photograph captures students using an abacus to make calculations.

  • Minamata Disease Protest

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    Protesters in 1992 marching to support court proceedings against the Chisso Corporation, who caused mercury poisoning in Minamata, Kyushu through dumping industrial waste in the 1950s.

  • Imperial Hotel

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  • War Crime Tribunal

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  • Tokyo University Protests

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    Radical students at Tokyo University battle the police in January, 1969.

  • Suffragists

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    Photograph from the 1920s of women bringing peitions to the Imperial diet demanding the right to vote.

  • Sony Factory

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    Assembly line producing Sony Trinitron televisions in 1970.

  • Shinkansen

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    Emblematic picture of a shinkansen ("bullet train") passing in front of a Buddhist temple in 1966.

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