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This website contains elements that should be of use and interest to all readers, including links to a wide array of Japan-related websites for understanding current issues as well as Japan's modern history. 

The site is particularly concerned to make this book more useful for students and teachers. It seeks to supplement and enrich the material in the book, offering guidance in gaining access to primary documents as well as suggestions for discussions and writing assignments. Virtually all of the primary documents are available online through this website, keyed to the relevant pages of the book.


I wish to thank Craig Colbeck, a Ph.D candidate in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University, who compiled and annotated the list of documentary sources and Japan website links. He also updated the other sections of the website. The study and discussion questions for the first edition's website, many of which are carried over to this edition's site, were prepared by Jeffrey Bayliss (now on the faculty at Trinity College) and Emer O'Dwyer (now on the faculty at Oberlin College).

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