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Story and Sites

Outstanding Universal Value [OUV]

Brief Synthesis

“Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining” comprise a singular ensemble of industrial heritage sites that represent the first successful transfer of industrialization from the West to a non-Western nation. From the middle of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, Japan achieved rapid industrialization that was founded on the key industrial

Historical Background

Samurai Encounter

Samurai Encounter
with Western Science and Technology

Infancy under the Isolation Policy

In the mid nineteenth century, Japan was a highly organized feudal society that had been governed by clans under the strict control of the Tokugawa Shogunate for more than two centuries. They had a policy to regulate the free production of arms and weapons, contact with foreigners, trade and

Chronological Development Phase of Three Industrial Typologies (1850s to 1910)

Trial and Error
Direct Importation of Western Technology
Full-blown Industrialization
Iron & Steel
Shipbuilding
Coal Mining
Kagoshima Nirayama Kamaishi Hagi Kagoshima Saga Nagasaki Nagasaki Nagasaki Miike Yawata Nagasaki Nagasaki Miike

Location

Hagi
Kagoshima
Nirayama
Kamaishi
Saga
Nagasaki
Miike
Yawata