Emperor Meiji (Mutsuhito) (see also 'Royalty')
- A Great Ordinary Man: Saitō Makoto (1858-1936) and Anglo-Japanese Relations
- A Royal Alliance: Court Diplomacy and Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1900-41
- Inoue Kaoru (1836-1915): A Controversial Meiji Statesman
- James Summers, 1828-91: Early Sinologist and Pioneer of Japanese Newspapers in London and English Literature in Japan
- Sir Henry Keppel (1809-1904): 'Probably the Most Universally Popular Naval Commander Ever Sent by England to the East'
- Sir Miles Lampson (Lord Killearn) (1880-1964) and Japan
Author: Kuramatsu Tadashi
This paper focuses on Admiral Viscount Saitō Makoto's (1858-1936) early career when Japan was emerging as a modern state in the Meiji and Taishō periods under the major influence of Britain.
Author: Best, Antony
Following the collapse of the Romanov, Hohenzollerns and Hapsburg powers in 1917-18, Britain's most significant royal relationship was with Imperial Japan. This essay details Court Diplomacy between 1900-41, shedding light on the broader Anglo-Japanese relationship.
Author: Cobbing, Andrew
This essay charts the controversial life and political career of Inoue Kaoru (1836-1915) of the Chōshū Five and one of the most powerful figures of the Meiji period. A man who epitomized the world of the oligarchs; the immense power wielded by a select few.
Author: Koyama Noburu
This portrait discusses James Summers' (1828-91) contributions to the teaching of English Literature in Japan, along with a discussion of his work in relation to the Taisei Shimbun - one of the first Japanese language newspapers published outside of Japan.
Author: Morton, Robert
Interactions with Japan only played a very short part in Sir Henry Keppel's (1809-1904) naval career, but the few years of his involvement saw the collapse of the bakufu and the Meiji Restoration. This essay details his short, but significant, contribution to Anglo-Japanese relations, particularly with regard to the British response to the Meiji Restoration.
Author: Steeds, David
Intertwined throughout Miles Lampson's (1880-1964) diplomatic career were dealings with and a genuine affection for Japan. This biography traces those dealings, beginning with his involvement in the 1906 Garter Mission, and provides a portrait of this British diplomatic figure.