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Foreign Office Files For Japan: Formerly Restricted Government Documents Published

March 19, 2018

A Unique Vantage Point For Research Into A Globally Unstable Political Climate


Previously-restricted UK government documents, offering insight into the Allied occupation of post-war Japan, have been published within Adam Matthew Digital’s resource Foreign Office Files for Japan.

Section II of this resource, published this month, covers The Occupation of Japan, 1946-1952. From 1946-1952 Japan was occupied by Allied Powers. The files for this period offer the British Foreign Office’s perspective on the creation of a democratic state in Japan and the enforcement of a new constitution, to the Korean war and appointment of the first post-war British Ambassador to Japan in 1952.

Key topics now brought to the desktops of users across the globe include: disarmament, Tokyo war crime tribunals, Japanese relations with China, the Soviet Union and the USA, Japanese political parties and communism in Japan, and trade between Japan and the Sterling area.

Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952 is published over three sections with full text search functionality, Sections I (Japanese Imperialism and the War in the Pacific, 1931-1945) and II are available now within Archives Direct, a suite of collections sourced from the National Archives, UK. Titles within Archives Direct are cross searchable enabling in-depth multidisciplinary research, including the complementary Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980.

“Having these files at our fingertips is hugely beneficial. As a Scholar of Japanese history it is always a challenge to find primary source documents in a language accessible to my [English speaking] students and this resource provides thousands of documents.
 I look forward to using it in the classroom.”


For more information, watch the short overview video with Dr Rustin Gates, Bradley University, or contact for a free 30-day trial.



About Adam Matthew Digital ( Adam Matthew Digital, an imprint of SAGE Publishing, is an award-winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to twentieth century history, literature and culture. Their aim is to reimagine primary sources, to empower current and future generations to challenge, analyse and debate.

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