The Japan Times of the 1860s

One of the first English newspapers in Japan

The Japan Times of the 1860s, published weekly in Yokohama from September 1865-June 1866, is available on The Japan Times digital archive platform as a separate purchase. Published during the turbulent years of the end of the Edo Period and the birth of the Meiji government, this separate newspaper preceded the launch of today’s The Japan Times and is a valuable resource for showing Japanese society through the eyes of foreigners during these changing times. Founded by a British publisher, The Japan Times of the 1860s contains contributions from Ernest Satow, a British diplomat who is said to have deeply influenced Japanese history, and other valuable information regarding the Meiji Restoration. The Japan Times of the 1860s collection contains information on foreign incoming/outgoing ships, domestic and foreign news, court trial coverage, commercial ads, and foreign embassies in Japan.

The Japan Times of the 1860s

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1865-1866
  • Language: English
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • City: Yokohama
  • Format: PDF, page-based
  • Producer: The Japan Times
  • Platform: The Japan Times

The Japan Times of the 1860s Digital Archive

The Japan Times of the 1860s is available through The Japan Times digital archive platform and features the most innovative and user-friendly interface for discovering deep archive of any Japanese newspaper (English or Japanese). The platform contains every published issue of The Japan Times of the 1860s, from September 8, 1865 to June 30, 1866 (over 200 pages), and content is cross-searchable with archives of The Japan Times and The Japan Advertiser.

The Japan Times of the 1860s digital archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text. The online search tools allow users to enter keywords to find articles or advertisements on specific topics, with the option to limit searches to publication dates, title, specific days of the week, type of publication or by Imperial Period.

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