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Junji Banno
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Junji Banno

Professor Junji Banno was born in Yokohama in 1937. As a student at Tokyo University in 1960, he was a leader of student protest against revision of the Japan-US Security Treaty. In 1963, he graduated from the Department of Japanese history within the Faculty of Humanities. After graduate studies, he was appointed Professor at the Institute of Social Science of Tokyo University, where he remained until his retirement, serving as Director of the Institute for a period in the late 1990s. He also taught at Chiba University, Ochanomizu Women’s University and elsewhere in Japan, and has held various visiting fellowships including at the Australian National University and Oxford University. Between 1971 and 2012 he published more than a dozen books (and many articles) on modern Japanese history, three of which have been translated into English: The Establishment of the Japanese Constitutional System , Routledge, 1992, 1995, Democracy in Pre-War Japan: Concepts of Government, 1871-1937: Collected Essays , Routledge, 2001, Japan’s Modern History, 1857- 1937: A New Political Narrative , Routledge, 2014.