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International Studies Paper
The Automobile in Japan
Stewart Lone and Christopher Madeley
July 2005
Paper No' IS/2005/494:
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Tags: transport; automobiles; kyoto; datsun; motorbikes; bicycles; packard; chevrolet; traffic police; nissan; kaishinsha; austin seven; austin-nissan agreement; nisshin

Lone: The 1920s saw the emergence in Kansai of modern industrial urban living with the development of the underground, air services; wireless telephones, super express trains etc. Automobiles dominated major streets from the early 1920s in the new Age of Speed. Using Kyoto city as an example, the article covers automobile advertising, procedures for taxis, buses and cars and traffic safety and regulation.

Madeley: Nissan Motor Company had a longer connection with the British industry than any other Japanese vehicle manufacturer. The article traces the relationship through four distinct stages in 1912, the 1930s, 1952 and 1984. Historians of Nissan have concentrated on its links with US industry and neglected those with Britain.