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Resources for Japan Scholars: Shibusawa Shashi (‘Company History’) Database

Shibusawa Shashi (‘Company History’) Database

An initiative of the Shibusawa Eichi Memorial Foundation, this database collates over 15,000 company histories from the Meiji period onward. Company histories have customarily produced by Japanese companies to commemorate major anniversaries. In addition to profiling the development of the companies themselves, they can also provide insight into the economics, politics and industrial practices of the time in which they were written. The database itself is in Japanese, however comprehensive usage instructions are provided in English.

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