Hokkaido, Japan Genealogy

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Japan is divided into a number of areas called 'Prefectures' (abbreviated 'Pref.'). These are analogous to states or provinces in other countries. They were created after the Meiji Restoration (1868) by consolidating feudal domains.[1] Some include a city by the same name within their boundaries.

Cities, Towns, and Villages

Within each prefecture is a number of cities, towns and villages, The larger cities are very populous, while many towns and villages are quite small and often can border each other in a way that they are at times considered part of a larger city. Most though have some space between them.

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Sites with basic information and great links:

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Japanese genealogy links 

About Japanese genealogy 

National Archives of Japan


Japanese Americans who fought for the US in WWII database:

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Japanese Americans who were in internment camps during WWII database:

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  1. Wikipedia Contributors, "Meiji Restoration," Wikipedia, accessed 15 June 2011.