Diplomatic Archives

December 16, 2019

 The Annex to the Diplomatic Archives houses an Exhibition Room where historical materials that are important in terms of Japan’s diplomatic history are on display. The Permanent Exhibition displays representative treaties, sovereign letters personal letters from heads of state and diplomatic documents that show footprints of Japan’s foreign relations, centering on the period from the end of the Tokugawa Period through to the end of World War II, as well as items and related documents that belonged to the late Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida.

 The Diplomatic Archives also regularly hold special exhibitions and planned exhibitions on particular themes.

 On this page it is possible to view some of the historical documents that were displayed at special exhibitions and planned exhibitions held in the past, and commentaries on the documents.

List of exhibitions held previously

List of exhibitions held previously
FY2019 Joint Exhibition with Wakayama Prefectural Government and Wakayama Prefectural Board of Education: "Diplomatic Records and the History of Modern Japan" (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: "150 Years of Japanese Diplomacy" (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: "Exhibition of Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State: North and South America (2)" (Japanese text only)
FY2018 Featured Exhibition: "A Travel for Mysteries of Japan’s Diplomatic Records" (Japanese text only)
Joint Exhibition with Reimeikan (Kagoshima Prefectural Center for Historical Materials): "Japanese Diplomacy in the Meiji Era as Reflected in Diplomatic Records" (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: "Japanese Diplomacy in the Meiji Era as Reflected in Treaties" (Japanese text only)
Joint Exhibition with the Archives of Hokkaido: "Hokkaido in the Context of World History" (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: "Japanese Diplomacy in the Meiji Era as Reflected in Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State" (Japanese text only)
FY2017 Joint Exhibition with National Archives of Japan and the Danish National Archives: Special Exhibition Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations: "Japan and Denmark: Valuable Records of the Historical Relations" (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: "Japan and Thailand – In Commemoration of the 130th Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations"(PDF)Open a New Window
Featured Exhibition: "Exhibition of Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State: North and South America (1)" (Japanese text only)
FY2016 Featured Exhibition: "Histroical Materials on Senkaku Islands and Takeshima" (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: "Exhibition of Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State: Europe (2)" (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: "Introduction to the End of the Tokugawa Period" (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: "Exhibition of Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State: Europe (1)" (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: "Conlusion of Treaty under the Japanese Imperial Constitution: The Case of Emigration Convention between Japan and Hawaii" (Japanese text only)
FY2015 Special Exhibition: "Japan and Brazil: 120 years of Friendship" (Japanese text only)
Joint Exhibition by the Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History and the Diplomatic Archives "The History of Japanese Diplomacy" (held at the Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History) (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: "Japan and Persia/Iran" (Japanese text only)
FY2014 Special Exhibition: "Massan (Masataka Taketsuru) and the History of Exchange between Japan and Scotland" (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “Japan and Turkey – In Commemoration of 90 years since Diplomatic Relations were established” (Japanese text only)
FY2013 Special Exhibition: “Japan and Spain, A History of Exchange Based on Historical Diplomatic Documents” (Japanese text only)
Joint exhibition by the Saitama Prefectural Archives and the Diplomatic Archives “Assorted Maps – World and Regional” (held at the Saitama Prefectural Archives) (Japanese text only)
Collaborative exhibition by the National Archives of Japan, the Imperial Household Agency’s Public Records Office and the Diplomatic Archives
“The Emergence of Japan as a Modern Nation – The Meiji Period as seen through Public Records” (held at the National Archives of Japan) (Japanese text only)
FY2012 Featured Exhibition: “Q’s & A’s on Diplomatic History” (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “Pathway to the San Francisco Peace Treaty” (Japanese text only)
FY2011 Featured Exhibition: “Great Earthquakes and Foreign Relations” (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “War between Japan and China, and Japan’s Foreign Relations” (Japanese text only)
FY2010 Featured Exhibition: “Meiji Treaties – Europe” (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “The Path to the Japan World Exposition as seen through Historical Diplomatic Materials” (Japanese text only)
FY2009 Featured Exhibition: “Takashi Hara and the Turning Point of Japan’s Foreign Relations” (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “The Beginnings of Japan-U.K. Exchange – From the end of the Tokugawa Period to the Meiji Period” (Japanese text only)
FY2008 Featured Exhibition: “Exhibition of Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State in the Possession of the Diplomatic Archives – North and South America” (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “Japan and Brazil – Tracing Their History of Exchange through Historical Materials” (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: “Exhibition of Sovereign Letters Personal Letters from Heads of State in the Possession of the Diplomatic Archives – Europe” (Japanese text only)
FY2007 Special Exhibition: “Shigeru Yoshida Exhibition: 40 Years After His Death” (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: “Diplomats at a Cross-Roads – The Written Opinions of Pre-War Period Diplomats Facing Difficult Circumstances” (Japanese text only)
FY2006 Special Exhibition: “The Age of Shidehara Diplomacy” (Japanese text only)
Featured Exhibition: “Exhibition of Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State in the Possession of the Diplomatic Archives – Asia” (Japanese text only)
FY2005 Special Exhibition: “The Course of Japan-Russia Relations – 1855-1916” (Japanese text only)
Special Exhibition: “Encounters with Central American Countries – An Exhibition Commemorating the Japan-Central America Year 2005” (Japanese text only)
FY2004 Special Exhibition: “The Dawn of Japan-U.S. Relations – 1852-1866” (Japanese text only)
FY2000 Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State in the Possession of the Diplomatic Archives
FY1996 Special Exhibition Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Opening of the Diplomatic Archives
FY1995 Post-War Treaties and Other Diplomatic Documents
From Sovereign Letters and Personal Letters from Heads of State in the Possession of the Diplomatic Archives
FY1994 Munemitsu Mutsu and the Sino-Japanese War
FY1993 The Turning Point of Japan’s Foreign Relations – Takashi Hara and His Era
FY1992 The Age of the Japan-U.K. Alliance – Changes in the Far East and Japan’s Foreign Relations
FY1991 Japan-U.S. Relations from the Nine-Power Treaty to the Outbreak of the War between Japan and the U.S.
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