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AND ITS RELATIONS WITH IRAN. The subject of contact between the two countries will be discussed in the following sub-entries.
C. J. Brunner
Direct contact and observation of each other by Persians and Japanese would wait for the establishment of Japan’s relations with the world by the modernizing administration of the Meiji period (1868-1912).
Iranian diplomatic contact with Japan is believed to date from 1873, when Nāṣer-al-Din Shah, on his first trip to Europe, met Naonobu Sameshima of Satsuma, who was the then Japanese ambassador to Paris, France.This Article Has Images/Tables.
Tadahiko Ohtsu and Hashem Rajabzadeh
It was only in 1854 that relations with foreign countries were resumed. This process gathered pace with the advent of the Meiji period (1868-1912), when the Japanese were allowed to go on official visits abroad.
Among the foreigners in Japan, Iranians total about 5,000 people, constituting a small minority group.
After World War II Japanese archeologists could not continue their work on sites in Korea and China, and their expertise became available for research in the Middle East and Persia.
Ancient Iranian studies in Japan started at the beginning of the 20th century in Tokyo and Kyoto independently.
The genesis of Safavid studies in Japan was an outgrowth of the interest in the history of the Mongols and the Turkic people, which is a significant point characterizing Safavid studies there.
Formal undergraduate and graduate programs of Persian studies in Japan are offered at Osaka University School of Foreign Studies and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.