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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.

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2018-3-16
Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Recordings from the Kanazawa Phonograph Museum’s Collection" and "Jazz and the Japanese" are now available in English.
2017-12-21
Approximately 300 sound recordings (→List[XLSX]) are newly available online.
See also National Diet Library News
2017-12-12

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.