Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan

The Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan during that Empire's existence from the Meiji Restoration in 1868[1] through World War II until the signing of the Constitution of Japan (1868–1947)[2] included the:

Air forces were divided into the Army Air Service and the Navy Air Service.


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Chronological table 5 1 December 1946 - 23 June 1947". National Diet Library. Retrieved September 30, 2010.