The Making of Modern Japan, BBC, 13 September 2018

Yale-NUS College Professor of Humanities and Associate Dean (Faculty Development) Naoko Shimazu was a guest speaker on the BBC World Service Radio Programme ‘The Forum’, where she and two other experts in modern Japanese history spoke on the ‘Making of Modern Japan’ to mark the centenary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Professor Shimazu spoke about the pre-Meiji Tokugawa Japan under the policy of seclusion and how Japan went under a major political and societal change after 1868 under an extensive programme of modernisation. Japan went through a period of empire building, and engaged in a number of major international wars from 1895 to 1945. Thoughts about the relevance of the Meiji Restoration to today’s Japanese society was also discussed.

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