Diplomatic Archives

Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy (Nihongaikobunsho)

August 25, 2017
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In 1936 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the first volume of Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy with the goal of clarifying the background of Japan’s diplomacy since the Meiji Restoration, while at the same time providing basic historical documents that could potentially offer precedents for diplomatic negotiations.
Subsequently, in 1963 it completed the series of Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy for the Meiji Period, and in 1987 it completed the volumes for the Taisho Period.
Where the Showa Period is concerned, the Ministry has already completed compiling and publishing its historical documents for Showa Era, Series I (1927-1931) and Showa Era, Series II (1931-1937), along with feature volumes such as on the Manchurian Incident, the Limitation and Reduction of Naval Armaments issue and Japan-U.S. negotiations (1941). Currently, the Ministry is in the process of compiling records for Showa Era, Series III (1937-1945). Additionally, in 2002 the Ministry also began compiling and publishing records from the Post-war Period, including reproducing Records related to the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace with Japan.

The latest issue of Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy is “The Era of Occupation, Vol.1, Vol.2” (Japanese only) (published in January 2017).

The Project to Compile Diplomatic Documents

Work on the project to compile diplomatic documents at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introduced in the following articles published in the Journal of the Diplomatic Archive (Gaikoshiryokanpo) .

List of publications by fiscal year

Fiscal Year Publication Volume / Book Name Number of Books Cumulative Total
2016 The Era of Occupation, Vol.1, Vol.2 (Japanese only) 2 218
2015 Showa Era, Series III, Special Studies: Gaikoshiryo (Japanese only) 1 216
2014 Showa Era, Series III, Vol. 3 (Japanese only) 1 215
2013 Showa Era, Series III, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 (Japanese only) 2 214
2012 The Second World War in Europe, 1939-1941, Vol. 2, (Japan’s policy towards the European War and the advance into Southeast Asia) (Japanese only) 2 212
2011 The Second World War in Europe, 1939-1941, Vol. 1, (Conclusion of the Tripartite Pact and the Japanese-Soviet Neutrality Pact) (Japanese only) 1 210
2010 Sino-Japanese War 1937-41, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4 (Japanese only) 4 209
2009 The Pacific War, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 (Japanese only) 3 205
2008 Treaty of Peace with Japan, Signing and Entry into Force (Japanese only) 1 202
2007 Showa Era Series II Part 1, Vol. 5-1, Vol. 5-2 (Japan-China Relations, 1936, Jan. - 37, Jul. ) (Japanese only) 2 201
2006 Treaty of Peace with Japan, Negotiations with the United States (Japanese only) 2 199
Showa Era , Series II Part 2, Vol. 5 (Japan’s Relations with Foreign Countries other than China, International Conferences, 1936) (Japanese only)
2005 Treaty of Peace with Japan, Preparatory Work (Japanese only) 3 197
Showa Era, Series II Part 1, Vol. 4-1, Vol. 4-2 (Japan-China Relations, 1935) (Japanese only)
2004 Showa Era, Series II Part 2, Vol. 4 (Japan’s Relations with Foreign Countries other than China, International Conferences, 1935) 1 194
2003 Records related to the conclusion of the Tripartite Pact 1 193
2002 Records related to the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, Vol. 5 1 192
2001 Records related to the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, Vol. 1 4 191
Records related to the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, Vol. 2
Records related to the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, Vol. 3
Records related to the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, Vol. 4
2000 Showa Era, Series II, Part 1, Vol. 3 (Japan-China Relations, 1934) 2 187
Showa Era, Series II, Part 2, Vol. 2 (1933), Supplemental Volume, Report on Trade Negotiations between Japan and India
1999 Showa Era, Series II Part 2, Vol. 3 (Japan’s Relations with Foreign Countries other than China, International Conferences, 1934) 1 185
1998 Showa Era, Series II, Part 1, Vol. 2 (Japan-China Relations, 1933) 1 184
1997 Showa Era, Series II Part 2, Vol. 2 (Japan’s Relations with Foreign Countries other than China, International Conferences, 1933) 1 183
1996 Showa Era, Series II, Part 1, Vol. 1 (Japan-China Relations, 1932) 1 182
1995 Showa Era, Series II Part 2, Vol. 1 (Japan’s Relations with Foreign Countries other than China, International Conferences, 1932) 1 181
1994 Showa Era, Series I (1931) Part 1, Vol. 5 1 180
1993 Showa Era, Series I (1930) Part 1, Vol. 4 2 179
Reports on the Economic Conference of the League of Nations in Showa Era, Vol. 2
1992 Showa Era, Series I (1929) Part 1, Vol. 3 2 177
Reports on the Economic Conference of the League of Nations in Showa Era, Vol. 1
1991 Showa Era, Series I (1927-1931) Part 2, Vol. 4 2 175
Showa Era, Series I (1927-1931) Part 2, Vol. 2
1990 Showa Era, Series I (1928) Part 1, Vol. 2 2 173
Japan-U.S. Talks in 1941 Vol. 2
1989 Reports on the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments of the League of Nations, Vol. 3 2 171
Japan-U.S. Talks in 1941 Vol. 1
1988 Showa Era, Series I (1927) Part 1, Vol. 1 3 169
Showa Era, Series I (1927-1931) Part 2, Vol. 3
Report on the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments of the League of Nations, Vol. 2
1987 Showa Era, Series I (1927-1931) Part 2, Vol. 1 2 166
Report on the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments of the League of Nations, Vol. 1
1986 Taisho Era (1926) Vol. 2-2 2 164
Proceedings of the London Naval Conference of 1935
1985 Taisho Era (1926) Vol. 2-1 2 162
Documents on the London Naval Conference of 1935
1984 Taisho Era (1926) Vol. 1 2 160
Documents on the London Naval Conference of 1930, Vol. 2
1983 Taisho Era (1925) Vol. 2-2 3 158
Documents on the London Naval Conference of 1930, Vol. 1
Records of the Privy Council’s Examination of the Naval Disarmament Treaties
1982 Taisho Era (1925) Vol. 2-1 3 155
The Conference for the Limitation of Naval Armament, held at Geneva from June 20th to August 4th, 1927
Diplomatic Memoirs of Harukazu Nagaoka (1900-1935)
1981 Taisho Era (1925) Vol. 1 3 152
The Manchurian Incident, Vol. 3
The Preliminary Negotiations of the London Naval Conference and the Explanatory Notes of the London Naval Treaty
1980 Taisho Era (1924) Vol. 2 3 149
The Manchurian Incident, Vol. 2-2
The Manchurian Incident, Supplement
1979 Taisho Era (1923) Vol. 3 3 146
Taisho Era (1924) Vol. 1
The Manchurian Incident, Vol. 2-1
1978 Taisho Era (1923) Vol. 2 3 143
The Washington Conference, Vol. 2
Summaries of the Proceedings of the London Naval Conference
1977 Taisho Era (1923) Vol. 1 4 140
The Manchurian Incident, Vol. 1-2, Vol. 1-3
The Washington Conference, Vol. 1
1976 Taisho Era (1922) Vol. 2, Vol. 3 3 136
The Manchurian Incident, Vol. 1-1
1975 Taisho Era (1921) Vol. 3-2 3 133
Taisho Era (1922) Vol. 1
The Washington Conference: The Far East
1974 Taisho Era (1921) Vol. 1-2 3 130
Taisho Era (1921) Vol. 2
Taisho Era (1921) Vol. 3-1
1973 Taisho Era (1920) Vol. 3-1, Vol. 3-2 4 127
Taisho Era (1921) Vol. 1-1
The Washington Conference, on the Limitation of Armament
1972 Taisho Era (1920) Vol. 1-2 4 123
Taisho Era (1920) Vol. 2-1, Vol. 2-2
Annexes to Summary of the Course of Negotiations between Japan and the United States concerning the Problem of Japanese Immigration in the United States
1971 Taisho Era (1919) Vol. 3-2 3 119
Taisho Era (1920) Vol. 1-1
Summary of the Course of Negotiations between Japan and the United States concerning the Problem of Japanese Immigration in the United States
1970 Taisho Era (1919) Vol. 2-2 3 116
Taisho Era (1919) Vol. 3-1
Summaries of the Proceedings of the Paris Peace Conference
1969 Taisho Era (1918) Vol. 2-2 4 113
Taisho Era (1918) Vol. 3
Taisho Era (1919) Vol. 1
Taisho Era (1919) Vol. 2-1
1968 Taisho Era (1915) Vol. 3-2 4 109
Taisho Era (1917) Vol. 3
Taisho Era (1918) Vol. 1
Taisho Era (1918) Vol. 2-1
1967 Taisho Era (1915) Vol. 3-1 4 105
Taisho Era (1916) Vol. 3
Taisho Era (1917) Vol. 1, Vol. 2
1966 Taisho Era (1915) Vol. 2 3 101
Taisho Era (1916) Vol. 1, Vol. 2
1965 Taisho Era (1914) Vol. 2, Vol. 3 3 98
Taisho Era (1915) Vol. 1
1964 Taisho Era (1913) Vol. 2, Vol. 3 3 95
Taisho Era (1914) Vol. 1
1963 Meiji Era, Vol. 45- 2 3 92
Meiji Era Supplement, Vol. 2
Taisho Era (1913) Vol. 1
1962 Meiji Era, Vol. 44-1, Vol. 44-2 4 89
Meiji Era, Vol. 45- 1
Meiji Era, Supplement, Vol. 1
1961 Meiji Era, Vol. 42-1, Vol. 42-2 4 85
Meiji Era, Vol. 43-1, Vol. 43-2
1960 Meiji Era, Vol. 40-2, Vol. 40-3 6 81
Meiji Era, Vol. 41-1, Vol. 41-2
Meiji Era, Vol. 37, Vol. 38, Supplement, the Russo-Japanese War V
Meiji Era, Vol. 44, Vol. 45, Supplement, the Xinhai Revolution
1959 Meiji Era, Vol. 39-1, Vol. 39-2 5 75
Meiji Era, Vol. 40-1
Meiji Era, Vol. 37, Vol. 38, Supplement, the Russo-Japanese War II
Meiji Era, Vol. 37, Vol. 38, Supplement, the Russo-Japanese War IV
1958 Meiji Era, Vol. 37- 2 5 70
Meiji Era, Vol. 38- 1, Vol. 38-2
Meiji Era, Vol. 37, Vol. 38, Supplement, the Russo-Japanese War I
Meiji Era, Vol. 37, Vol. 38, Supplement, the Russo-Japanese War III
1957 Meiji Era, Vol. 36- 1, Vol. 36-2, 4 65
Vol. 37-1
Meiji Era, Vol. 33 Supplement, the Boxer Rebellion, Vol. 3
1956 Meiji Era, Vol. 35 2 61
Meiji Era, Vol. 33 Supplement, the Boxer Rebellion, Vol. 2
1955 Meiji Era, Vol. 32, Vol. 33, Vol. 34 5 59
Meiji Era, Vol. 33 Supplement, the Boxer Rebellion, Vol. 1
The Hague International Peace Conferences, Vol. 2
1954 Meiji Era, Vol. 31-1, Vol. 31-2 7 54
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Commerce Treaties, Vol. 1-2
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Commerce Treaties, Vol. 1-3
The Hague International Peace Conferences, Vol. 1
Chronological Table and Key Documents Relating to Japanese Diplomacy, Vol. 1, Vol. 2
1953 Meiji Era, Vol. 28-1, Vol. 28-2 6 47
Meiji Era, Vol. 29, Vol. 30
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Commerce Treaties, Vol. 1-1
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Treaty Revisions, Supplement
1952 Meiji Era, Vol. 25, Vol. 26 6 41
Meiji Era, Vol. 27- 1, Vol. 27- 2
The History of Komura Diplomacy, Vol. 1, Vol. 2
1951 Meiji Era, Vol. 17, Vol. 19, Vol. 22 5 35
Meiji Era, Vol. 23, Vol. 24
1950 Meiji Era, Vol. 13, Vol. 14, Vol. 15 9 30
Meiji Era, Vol. 16, Vol. 18
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Treaty Revisions, Vol. 4
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Treaty Revisions, Supplement, An Outline of the Background
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy Relating to Treaty Revisions
Supplement, Changes to Commerce Policy and Treaties
Comparison Table between Lunar Calendar and Solar Calendar in Modern Times
1949 Meiji Era, Vol. 10, Vol. 11, Vol. 12 3 21
1948 Meiji Era, Vol. 21 2 18
Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy, Relating to Treaty Revisions, Supplement, Proceedings
1947   0 16
1946 Meiji Era, Vol. 20 1 16
1945   0 15
1944 Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy, Relating to Treaty Revisions, Vol. 3 1 15
1943   0 14
1942 Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy, Relating to Treaty Revisions, Vol. 2 1 14
1941 Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy, Relating to Treaty Revisions, Vol. 1 1 13
1940 Meiji Era, Vol. 8, Vol. 9 2 12
1939 Meiji Era, Vol. 6, Vol. 7 2 10
1938 Meiji Era, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5 3 8
1937 Meiji Era, Vol. 2-1, Vol. 2-2, Vol. 2-3 3 5
1936 Vol. 1-1, Vol. 1-2 2 2