This book explores the reform and evolution of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in postwar Japan by showcasing a wide array of documents and images issued from 1947 to 1950. It consists of the following three sections: (1) administration activities, (2) 1947 local election results, and (3) the inauguration of Special Wards of Tokyo, which were established under the 1947 Japanese Local Autonomy Law.
Numerous materials in the Prange Collection are used in Section I, which highlights a variety of governmental initiatives related to revenues and expenditures, schooling systems, social welfare, industrial infrastructures, public health, housing, public transportation and so on. Articles and images in the local leaflets and newsletters reveal the vivid landscape of everyday life during the formative years of the Tokyo Metropolis. This book is accessible at the Tokyo Metropolitan Archives.
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