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These transfers of sovereignty resulted in extensive, unforeseen movements of citizens and subjects to their former countries. The phenomenon of postcolonial migration affected not only European... [Publication]
Based on a collection of labour contracts and other documents, this book examines the legal, economic and social relations of labour as they developed in the commercial enterprises of Tokugawa Japan... [Publication]
The Treaty of Peace and Amity between the US and Japan, ratified on 21 February 1855, opened up Japanese ports to the United States. The new Meiji leaders decided that in order to avoid becoming... [Item of the Day]
Almost a thousand Japanese immigrant workers arrived monthly in California in the early 1900's.  Tension grew over the Japanese as it was feared they would depress wages. A 'Gentlemen’s Agreement'... [Item of the Day]
The Labour Standards Law was enacted on 7 April 1947 under Allied Occupation of Japan. According to its first article, it assessed 'the right of workers to live a life of human beings'. Its most... [Item of the Day]
At the end of World War II, 6.5 million  Japanese were scattered throughout the islands in the Western Pacific and on the Asiatic mainland. Article 9 of the Potsdam Declaration of 26 July 1945... [Item of the Day]
Chokugen, 'the sole publication of the Japanese socialists' was stored in Russia before it came to the IISH. This issue dates from 2 April 1905, in the midst of the Russo-Japanese war. It has the... [Item of the Day]
"De Liefde" (Love) was the first Dutch ship to reach Japan on 19 April 1600. This was the beginning of an intensive trade relationship. For centuries the Dutch were the only Westerners allowed in... [Item of the Day]
On 8 February 1904 the Japanese attacked the Russian fleet in southern Manchuria, beginning the Russo-Japanese War.Many letters from Russian prisoners-of-war in Japan ended up in the archive of the... [Item of the Day]