矢部貞治関係文書
Documents related to political scientist Teiji Yabe :

A first-rate collection of historical resources focusing on the turbulent Showa years from pre-WWII to the 1960s and containing around 6000 pieces of primary material

Original: Originals held at the library of The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Editorial supervisor: Takashi Ito, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Platform: Full purchase format (no fee for platform use or annual maintenance once purchased)

Text: Japanese

Price: JPY400,000

Contents

Material from the former archives of political scientist Teiji Yabe (1902-67), a figure integral to the realpolitik of the prewar through postwar period. As well as serving before the war as head of the diplomatic section of Fumimaro Konoe’s Showa Kenkyukai research group think-tank in his capacity as a University of Tokyo professor, Yabe helped to guide policy in various ways during the war, as a part-time advisor to the Navy and Foreign Affairs Ministries. Continuing to serve after the war on numerous councils and commissions including as vice-chairman of the Constitutional Investigation Committee (Kenpo Chosa-kai), and council for the electoral system (Senkyo seido shingi-kai), political scientist Yabe was consistently involved in the practicalities of Japanese politics. This database consists of a huge cache of primary source material–around 6,000 items–retained by Yabe, covering the decades from the 1920s to the late 1960s and tracing the career of an intellectual whose life spanned some of Japan’s most turbulent times. Wide-ranging in content, it consists of Yabe’s own writings and correspondence, plus internal documents of the groups and institutions he was involved with from before the war, right through to the postwar years, such as the Showa Kenkyukai think-tank, Navy Ministry and naval academy, Constitutional Investigation Committee, administrative council (Gyosei Shingikai), public security investigation committee (Koan Shinsa Iinkai), council for the electoral system, and committee charged with preparations for the Meiji centenary. This includes material of the first order providing a closeup look at critical events in Showa history, such as Yabe’s own memos as the nation moved toward a total war footing, and committee materials on the discussions around postwar overhaul of the Constitution, and administrative reforms. An essential collection of historical resources for the study not only of political history and the history of political thought, but modern history, including legal and social history.

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◆Prewar / wartime resources
昭和研究会/海軍省・海軍大学校/議会制度審議会/綜合計画局/調査研究動員本部/日本学術振興会/軍事保護院・軍人援護学会
Showa Kenkyukai / Navy Ministry, naval academy / Commission on Diet system / General Planning Bureau / Headquarters for research mobilization (Chosa Kenkyu Doin Honbu) / Japan Society for Promotion of Science / Agency of Military Protection (Gunji Hogoin) / Gunjin Engo Gakkai society for military relief

◆Postwar resources
*Electoral system
選挙制度調査会・審議会/選挙管理委員会/自治省選挙局/自由民主党政務調査会選挙調査会
Research Commission on the Electoral System / Council for the electoral system / Election Administration Committee / Ministry of Home Affairs election bureau / LDP Policy Research Council electoral research council

*Constitution
憲法調査会/憲法研究会/自主憲法期成同盟/自由民主党憲法調査会/憲法擁護国民連合
Constitutional Investigation Committee / Constitution Research Association / League for the establishment of an independent constitution (Jishu Kempo Kisei Domei) / LDP Research Commission on the Constitution / National Federation for Upholding the Constitution

*Administrative reform
行政審議会/臨時行政調査会
Council on administrative reform (Gyosei Shingikai), provisional council for research on administration (Rinji Gyosei Chosakai)

*International situation
外務省資料/日華協力委員会/在日米大使館(アイゼンハワー訪日関係資料)/
日韓条約批准期成会
Foreign Affairs Ministry resources / Committee for promotion of Sino-Japanese cooperation (Nikka Kyoryoku Iinkai) / US embassy in Japan (resources connected to Eisenhower’s visit) / Association for ratification of treaty between Japan and Korea (Nikkan Joyaku Hijun Kiseikai)

*Police, public security
警察庁・警察局・警察大学校/公安審査委員会/公安調査庁/「公安週報」
National Police Agency, district police bureaus and police academy / Public Security Examination Commission / Public Security Intelligence Agency / Koan Shuho bulletins

*Central Council for Education
*Meiji centenary project

◆Yabe-related resources
*Material written by Yabe personally
Memos / Drafts and manuscripts / notebooks
*Letters addressed to Yabe
*Articles penned by Yabe

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