Empire of Japan

  • 大日本帝國 (Japanese)
  • Dai Nippon Teikoku
1868–1947
Motto: 
Anthem: 
(His Imperial Majesty's Reign)
The Empire of Japan at its peak in 1942:    Territory (1870–1895)    Acquisitions (1895–1930)    Acquisitions (1930–1942)
The Empire of Japan at its peak in 1942:
   Territory (1870–1895)
   Acquisitions (1895–1930)
   Acquisitions (1930–1942)
CapitalKyoto (1868–1869)[1]
Tokyo City (1869–1943)
Tokyo (1943–1947)
Common languagesJapanese
Religion
De jure: None
De facto: State Shinto[nb 1]
Government
Emperor 
• 1868–1912
Meiji
• 1912–1926
Taishō
• 1926–1947
Shōwa
Prime Minister 
• 1885–1888 (first)
Itō Hirobumi
• 1946–1947 (last)
Shigeru Yoshida
LegislatureImperial Diet
House of Peers
House of Representatives
Historical eraMeiji • Taishō • Shōwa
3 January 1868[7]
29 November 1890
25 July 1894
8 February 1904
23 August 1914
18 September 1931
7 July 1937
7 December 1941
2 September 1945
3 May 1947[6]
Area
1938