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Prince Kinmochi Saionji (1849-1940) was the last leader of the Meiji Restoration to retain political influence in 20th-century Japan. These memoirs (which were written by Baron Kumao Harada, the liason between Emperor Hirohito and Prince Saionji) total more than 3,000 pages and provide a unique view of Japan before World War II.
“I cannot imagine going back to the former way of doing research.” -Oliver Bosc, Head of Arsenal Library BnF
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