About histrical recordings



Shigenobu Okuma recording a speech

Shigenobu Okuma recording a speech

This is a speech by Shigenobu Okuma, politician and founder of Waseda University, who was Prime Minister at the time this recording was made for a general election in 1915. Audio recordings were used extensively by politicians at a time when news coverage by the media was not as not developed as now. Speeches were recorded on 78-rpm phonographs and used at meetings around Japan to promote their beliefs more widely. Photographs of Okuma delivering his speech in formal dress were carried in newspapers.


Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Recordings from the Kanazawa Phonograph Museum’s Collection" and "Jazz and the Japanese" are now available in English.
Approximately 300 sound recordings (→List[XLSX]) are newly available online.
See also National Diet Library News

Historical recordings can now be played by HLS(HTTP Live Streaming). For more details, please refer to the section "1. General Instructions" of the "How to use this Database" page.