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Guide to Japan ancestry, family history and genealogy parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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Beginning Research
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Japan Background
Local Research Resources

Country Information[edit | edit source]

Japan is an island country in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Asia. Its nearest neighbors are China, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, and Taiwan. While there is no official language, Japanese is the national language.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Japan Research

Links to articles on getting started with Japan research.

Japan Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Japan research.

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Japan Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Japan. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Japan. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

Japan is divided into a number of areas called Prefectures. These are analogous to states or provinces in other countries. They were created after the Meiji Restoration (1868) by consolidating feudal domains.[2] Some include a city by the same name within their boundaries.

Regions[edit | edit source]

Prefectures[edit | edit source]