This week, we’re starting off a look at the history of rail in Japan by exploring how this revolutionary technology was introduced to the country. And once it was, how would a government obsessed with strategic infrastructure like rail manage the complexities of funding and constructing something so jaw-droppingly expensive?
Ike, Nobutaka. “The Pattern of Railway Development in Japan.” The Far Eastern Quarterly 14, No 2 (Feb, 1955).
Ericson, Steven J. The Sound of the Whistle: Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan.
Wells, Samuel Williams. A Journal of the Perry Expedition to Japan. Available digitized by Hathi Trust.
Hawks, Francis L. Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan.