I have been using this site for quite a while as a tool of sharing knowledge, especially knowledge found on the web, such as Wikipedia's excellent finance-pages (including its List of Finance Topics), dictionaries of financial terms, or pages with scientific papers available on the pages of the Bank of Japan.
There are some new papers of interest to the financial historian on the IMES-pages. Below are the abstracts and links:
One of the most exciting contemporary tools for students of Japanese financial history, or better: Japanese history altogether is JACAR (English page here), a database administered by the National Archives of Japan. In its own words:
The Bank of Japan added quite some information and publicatios of interest to the student of Japanese financial history. First of all, it published an English version of Teranish Juro's article on the impact of banks on the prewar Japanese economic system (I earlier discussed the Japanese version, and comments by major Japanese economic historians). The abstract:
I have just added a paper of mine on Japanese money doctoring to the for download-page. Enjoy reading.
Okazaki Tetsuji 岡崎 哲二, 「戦前期日本銀行の取引先政策」
On 12-14 February 2007, the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand will hold its yearly conference. The conference pages include the program, prizes and awards, and info on accommodation.
Earlier this week, amazon.com announced the publication of Kobayashi Hideo's new book on the Research Bureau of the South Manchurian Railway Company. The book's description (in Japanese):
The Harvard-Yenching Library is pleased to announce its Travel Grant Program for the 2006-2007 academic year. The purpose of the grant is to assist scholars from outside the metropolitan Boston area in their use of the Harvard-Yenching Library's collections for research. There will be eleven grants of $400 each (three in Chinese, two in Korean studies, and six in Japanese studies) to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members and to graduate students engaged in dissertation research. Priority consideration will be given to those at institutions where there is no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby. Each grantee will also be provided with the privilege of free photocopying of up to 100 sheets. Please note that the awards must be used before August 1, 2007.
MARKETS AND MODERNITIES IN ASIA 2007-2008
The Asian Institute at the University of Toronto invites applications from established scholars to spend one or two semesters on campus participating in an interdisciplinary colloquium.
The year long colloquium investigates sites in Asia to examine the relationship between two types of historical and contemporary transformation: the formation of modern subjects and the formation of "the market" as a central feature of modern capitalism. Both "the market" and modern subjects are produced through specific political programs, regimes of knowledge, forms of regulation and applications of force. They are also produced through cultural work in the media, in literature, and in the intimate spheres of family and community life. Such work is contentious, and often contested. The notion of entrepreneurship, for example, is differently valorized depending on prevailing ideologies of gender and ethnicity, city and village; collective subjects or self-conscious social groups may form within or against market processes; and the interface between capitalism and colonial, fascist, democratic or neoliberal agendas is fraught with contradictions. By placing Asia at the center of the field of vision as it examines these complex dynamics, the colloquium aims to contribute to debates that too often take capitalism as it arose in Europe as "normal capitalism," the fixed point from which variations can be assessed. In so doing it aims to generate insights that are at once empirical and theoretical.