Meiji-era Advisors

  • Peter Barakan

    Host

    Born in London in 1951, Peter earned a degree in Japanese from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). An expert on diverse forms of popular music, Peter is also a well-known TV and radio presenter. He has lived in Japan for 40 years and has a deep understanding of the language and culture.

  • Kenji Morita

    Main guest

    Kenji Morita is a professor of economics at Osaka Gakuin University. He specializes in the history of social thought and modern Japanese history, and he conducts research on common culture during the latter half of the Edo period. Currently, Morita’s main focus is an analysis of various printed materials made during the late Edo period and early Meiji era. Those materials include color woodblock prints and kawaraban (single-sheet newspapers announcing various events and incidents during the Edo period). Morita has released numerous publications on kawaraban.

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December 11, 2018

Meiji-era Advisors

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In the second half of the 19th century, Japan underwent a period of modernization. It happened at an unprecedented speed, and one key to its success was a large number of advisors brought over from Western countries. They gave instruction to the Japanese in fields as diverse as railways, architecture and silk production. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is Meiji-era Advisors. Our main guest is university professor Kenji Morita, a specialist in modern Japanese history.

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