The Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan during that Empire's existence from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 through World War II until the signing of the Constitution of Japan (1868–1947) included the:
- "One can date the 'restoration' of imperial rule from the edict of 3 January 1868." Jansen, Marius B. (2000). The Making of Modern Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. p. 334.
- "Chronological table 5 1 December 1946 - 23 June 1947". National Diet Library. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
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