Preamble of the Constitution
The constitution of Japan was largely drafted by US lawyers in the occupation authority. This image is of a secret memo written by members of the authority on the subject of the new constitution.
The Empire of Japan at its peak in 1942:
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The Preamble to the Constitution
Legendary Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇)
The Naval Battle of Hakodate, May 1869; in the foreground, and of the Imperial Japanese Navy
The Imperial Signature (upper right) and Seal
The Empire of Japan at its peak in 1942:
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The Constitution of Japan signed by Emperor Showa and Ministers of State
Samurai warriors battling Mongols during the Mongol invasions of Japan, depicted in the
Prominent members of the Iwakura mission. Left to right: Kido Takayoshi, Yamaguchi Masuka, Iwakura Tomomi, Itō Hirobumi, Ōkubo Toshimichi
Politics under the Post-war Constitution
Emperor Meiji (明治天皇); 1852–1912
Emperor Meiji, the 122nd emperor of Japan
Japan's imperial ambitions ended on September 2, 1945, with the country's surrender to the Allies.
Ōura Church, Nagasaki
The Japanese archipelago
Interior of the Japanese Parliament, showing the Prime Minister speaking addressing the House of Peers, 1915
Mount Fuji in Spring, view from Arakurayama Sengen Park
Prince Aritomo Yamagata, who was twice Prime Minister of Japan. He was one of the main architects of the military and political foundations of early modern Japan.
Autumn maple leaves at Kongōbu-ji on Mount Kōya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Baron Masuda Tarokaja, a member of the House of Peers (Kazoku). His father, Baron Masuda Takashi, was responsible for transforming Mitsui into a zaibatsu.
The National Diet Building
The Tokyo Industrial Exhibition, 1907 (Mitsubishi pavilion and Exhibition halls)
Japan is a member of both the G7 and the G20.
Marunouchi District in 1920, looking towards the Imperial Palace
JMSDF class destroyer
A 1-yen banknote, 1881
The Tokyo Stock Exchange
Thomas Blake Glover was a Scottish merchant in Bakumatsu and received Japan's second highest order from Emperor Meiji in recognition of his contributions to Japan's industrialization.
A rice paddy in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture
Prince Katsura Tarō, thrice Prime Minister and the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan. Katsura commanded the IJA 3rd Division under his mentor, Field Marshal Yamagata Aritomo, during the First Sino-Japanese War.
A plug-in hybrid car manufactured by Toyota. Japan is the third-largest maker of motor vehicles in the world.
Map of the Japanese Empire in 1895. This map was issued shortly after the Japanese invasion of Taiwan and is consequently one of the first Japanese maps to include Taiwan as a possession of Imperial Japan.
The Japanese Experiment Module (Kibō) at the International Space Station
Marquess Komura Jutaro, 1911. Komura became Minister for Foreign Affairs under the first Katsura administration, and signed the Boxer Protocol on behalf of Japan.
Japan Airlines, the flag carrier of Japan
French illustration of a Japanese assault on entrenched Russian troops during the Russo-Japanese War
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
Japanese riflemen during the Russo-Japanese War
The Greater Tokyo Area is ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
Count Tadasu Hayashi was the resident minister to the United Kingdom. While serving in London from 1900, he worked to successfully conclude the Anglo-Japanese Alliance and signed on behalf of the government of Japan on January 30, 1902.
The torii of Itsukushima Shinto Shrine near Hiroshima
Port Arthur viewed from the Top of Gold Hill, after its capitulation in 1905. From left are the wrecks of Russian pre-dreadnought battleships Peresvet, Poltava, Retvizan, Pobeda and the protected cruisers Pallada
Kanji and hiragana signs
Emperor Taishō, the 123rd emperor of Japan
Students celebrating after the announcement of the results of the entrance examinations to the University of Tokyo
Topographic map of the Empire of Japan in November, 1918
12th-century illustrated handscroll of The Tale of Genji, a National Treasure
Native Micronesian constables of Truk Island, circa 1930. Truk became a possession of the Empire of Japan under a mandate from the League of Nations following Germany's defeat in World War I.
Noh performance at a Shinto shrine
Commanding Officers and Chiefs of Staff of the Allied Military Mission to Siberia, Vladivostok during the Allied Intervention
Young ladies celebrate Coming of Age Day (成人の日) in Harajuku, Tokyo
Groundbreaking ceremony of Ginza Line, the oldest subway line in Asia, 1925. Front row, right to left: Rudolf Briske, Noritsugu Hayakawa, Furuichi Kōi, Ryutaro Nomura.
A plate of nigiri-zushi
Count Itagaki Taisuke is credited as being the first Japanese party leader and an important force for liberalism in Meiji Japan.
Sumo wrestlers form around the referee during the ring-entering ceremony
Count Katō Komei, the 14th Prime Minister of Japan from June 11, 1924, until his death on January 28, 1926
Japanese samurai boarding a Mongol vessel during the Mongol invasions of Japan, depicted in the, 1293
Emperor Shōwa during an Army inspection on January 8, 1938
Skyscrapers in Nakanoshima, Osaka; a major financial centre in Japan
Tokyo Kaikan was requisitioned as the meeting place for members of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association (Taisei Yokusankai) in the early days.
Japanese Pan-Asian writer Shūmei Ōkawa
Rebel troops assembling at police headquarters during the February 26 Incident
A bank run during the Shōwa financial crisis, March 1927
National Diet Building, 1930
Political map of the Asia-Pacific region, 1939
Japanese troops entering Shenyang, Northeast China during the Mukden Incident, 1931
The Japanese occupation of Peiping (Beijing) in China, on August 13, 1937. Japanese troops are shown passing from Peiping into the Tartar City through Zhengyangmen, the main gate leading onward to the palaces in the Forbidden City.
IJN Special Naval Landing Forces armed with the Type 11 Light Machine Gun during the Battle of Shanghai, 1937
Signing ceremony for the Axis Powers Tripartite Pact
Founding ceremony of the Hakkō ichiu (All the world under one roof) monument in 1940
A map of the Japanese advance from 1937 to 1942
Victorious Japanese troops march through the city center of Singapore following the city's capture in February 1942 (Photo from the Imperial War Museum)
Imperial Japanese Army paratroopers are landing during the Battle of Palembang, February 13, 1942.
A model representing the attack by dive bombers from USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6) on the Japanese aircraft carriers, and in the morning of June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway
Group of Type 2 Ka-Mi tanks on board of 2nd class transporter of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1944–1945
The rebuilt battlecruiser sank at her moorings in the naval base of Kure on July 24 during a series of bombings.
The Japanese archipelago and the Korean Peninsula in 1945 (National Geographic)
A drawing depicting a speech in the Imperial Japanese Diet on November 1, 1945, the end of the Second World War. In the foreground there are several Allied soldiers watching the proceedings from the back of the balcony.
From left to right: Marshal Admiral Heihachirō Tōgō (1848–1934), Field Marshal Oku Yasukata (1847–1930), Marshal Admiral Yoshika Inoue (1845–1929), Field Marshal Kageaki Kawamura (1850–1926), at the unveiling ceremony of bronze statue of Field Marshal Iwao Ōyama
Population density map of the Empire of Japan (1920).
Population density map of the Empire of Japan (1940).
War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army
Naval ensign of the Empire of Japan
Flag of the Japanese Emperor

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Preamble of the Constitution

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