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FOREIGN OFFICE FILES FOR JAPAN AND THE FAR EAST
Series Three: Embassy & Consular Archives - Japan (post 1945)
(Public Record Office Class FO 262)

Detailed Correspondence for 1945-1957 (PRO Class FO 262/2040-2132)

These Embassy and Consular files are a prime source for social, political, economic and diplomatic historians studying the history of modern Japan.

  • There are interviews with General Douglas MacArthur.
  • There are key files on the Japanese Constitution and the Peace Treaty.
  • Many documents cover Japanese relations with Asia.
  • There is extensive coverage and comment on the Proceedings of the Japanese Diet.

Throughout the files scholars can find the assessments of the Ambassador -
Sir Charles Gascoigne - and other Embassy and Consular Staff, the Allied Council for Japan and the UK Liaison Mission in Japan. There is excellent material from the British and Commonwealth perspective on:

  • The Occupation of Japan and SCAP Headquarters.
  • Underground anti-democratic forces in Japan.
  • Korea and Russia.
  • Japan's relations with Australia.
  • The Black Market in Japan.
  • The economy and reconstruction in Japan.
  • Japanese and Korean war criminals.
  • The social welfare of women.
  • Shell Oil Company interests in Japan.
  • Commonwealth Meetings in Tokyo.
  • Leading Personalities in Japan in 1956.
General MacArthur

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