About this Museum
Outline of History
|1966||November||At the Prime Minister's Office conference to coordinate activities for the commemorative events celebrating the century since the Imperial Restoration, it was resolved to establish a museum of Japanese history and ethnology as one such activity. This resolution was reported to the cabinet and approved.|
|1967||August||The Agency for Cultural Affairs provisionally designated Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture as the museum construction site.|
|1971||February||The Agency for Cultural Affairs inaugurated a basic conception committee (chairman SAKAMOTO Tarou) for National Museum of Japanese History (provisional name) and began working out the basic concepts for the museum.|
|1978||April||A preparatory office (number of regular staff : eight) for National Museum of Japanese History (provisional name) was set up and INOUE Mitusada , Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo , was made Director.|
|1980||May||The preparatory office expressed a desire to operate the organization of National Museum of Japanese History in the same manner as the National Museum of Ethnology. This is their intention since they believed : " In order to ensure the appropriate operation of the National Museum of Japanese History(provisional name), it is necessary to have a system which promotes investigative studies, the exchange of information, and other activities with systematic cooperation among researchers in related fields predominantly from universities throughout Japan".|
A portion of the National School Establishment Law was amended(Bill No.23, April 14, 1981)and National Museum of Japanese History was established as an inter-national university research institute.
INOUE Mitsusada, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo and Director of the preparatory office, took office as the first Director-General of the museum.
|1983||April||TSUCHIDA Naoshige, took office as the second Director-General of museum.|
|1989||June||A portion of the National School Establishment Law was amended (Bill No.29, June 28, 1989)and National Museum of Japanese History was established, and inter-national university research institute was renamed inter-university research institute.|
|1993||March||ISHII Susumu, took office as the third Director-General of museum.|
|1997||September||SAHARA Makoto, General Coordinator, took office as the fourth Director-General of museum.|
|1999||April||Department of Japanese History, School of Cultural and Social Studies, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies was established.|
|2001||September||MIYACHI Masato, took office as the fifth Director-General of museum.|
In accordance with the National University Corporation Law(Law No. 112, July 16, 2003), Rekihaku has been redesignated as the National Museum of Japanese History, National Institutes for the Humanities, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation.
Research Programming Center and Historical Archives Center have been established.
|2005||September||September 1.2005: Minami HIRAKAWA, Executive Director of the National Institutes for the Humanities, is appointed acting Director-General.|
|2006||April||April 1.2006: Minami HIRAKAWA, acting Director-General and Executive Director of the National Institutes for the Humanities, is appointed as the sixth Director-General.|