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Relations between Russia and Japan in terms of foreign policy

The sovereignty issue over the Kuril Islands, which has been unresolved for 66 years (as of 2012) since World War II’s end, has impeded Russia’s foreign policy. Because of their abundance of natural resources and strategic location, the islands are vital both economically and militarily. The Russo-Japanese War began on February 10, 1904, as a …

Uchinoura Spасе Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

As an ancillary facility of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science, this space observatory and rocket launch complex was built in 1962. It was designed by Kiyoshi Ikebe, a member of the institute, using his distinctive form theory. Aeronautical research was outlawed in Japan shortly after World War II as part of GHO’s …

Kyoto International Conference Center

Japan left the League of Nations in 1933, and the Kyoto International Conference Center was built as a symbol of the country’s return to the international community following World War II. A government decision in 1957 expressed this desire to develop a facility comparable to the United Nations building in New York and the Palace …

Restaurant Hasshokan In Nagoya, Japan

Hasshokan, in Nagoya, is one of the few surviving instances of modern Japanese restaurant culture, where tourists can temporarily forget about the city and relax while enjoying nature. Sonsuke Shibata, a lumber merchant, erected his villa on this site in the early Meiji period. It was renamed the Hasshokan culinary inn in 1910 and is …

Toson Memorial Museum In Nakatsugawa, Japan

Toson Memorial Museum is a museum dedicated to Shimazaki Tson’s life and works in Magome-juku, Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The author was born in 1872 in the former Honjin, but his birthplace and boyhood home were largely destroyed in the 1895 inferno. The museum was rebuilt in 1947 following plans by Taniguchi Yoshir and opened …

Keihin Industrial Area In Japan

Keihin Industrial Area, commonly known as Tokyo-Yokohama Region, is a Japanese industrial zone centered on the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area. Keihin, which is neither a political nor an administrative body, stretches inland from Tokyo Bay’s northern shore. It contains part of Kanagawa ken and the to (metropolis) of Tokyo (prefecture). The Kawasaki and Yokohama harbour area, …

Subterranean Cave, Oya History Museum In Utsunomiya, Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright famously used Oya stone to build the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which is a volcanic green tuff recognized for its warm texture and elasticity. It is a specialty of Utsunomiya City, quarried in its namesake town of ya, and was used to make the Venus of Gyoza. Ya stone was first employed …