Eminent sign of assent to modernity for some, source of social and environmental destruction for others, Japan’s emergence as an industrial power of global proportions was subject of methodologically-diverse approaches across different sub-disciplines such as economic, environmental, business, and technology history.

This blog is the home of the Technology and Industry in Modern Japan Working Group which brings together a variety of scholars working on different aspects of Japan’s first industrialisation (1850-1930). Beyond discussions of technological, economic, and environmental dimensions of the industrialization process in Japan, the group seeks to foster dialogue on sources, methodology, and research tools. Drawing on the diverse backgrounds of its members this group seeks to identifying key research themes for further collaboration which would place an industrializing Japan into a global perspective.

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