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Sign of the Imperial Japanese Navy,this symbol is the same that is used today by the modern Japanese Navy

The Imperial Japanese Navy (大日本 帝国 海军 Dai -Nippon Teikoku Kaigun or日本 海军 Nippon Kaigun, literally Navy of Empire of Japan) Was the navy of Japan from 1869 until 1947, when it was dissolved after Japan had renounced the constitutional use of force as means of solving international disputes. By 1920, it was the third largest navy in the world, behind only Royal Navy and United States Navy.[1] Received the support of the Air Service Imperial Japanese Navy for air strikes conducted from its fleet. Was the main opponent of Allies in Pacific War.

The origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy can be traced to the early interactions with the nations in Asia, Which dates back to the medieval period and reaches its peak during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries , a time of cultural exchange with European powers during the Age of Discovery. After two centuries of stagnation during the isolation policy advocated by shoguns of Edo period, Japan's navy was comparatively obsolete when the country was forced to open up to foreign trade, due to the intervention of U.S. in 1854. Eventually, this led to Meiji Restoration. Following the reassertion of imperial power, was followed by a period of frantic modernization and industrialization.

The history of the imperial navy's successes, sometimes against very powerful enemies, as in Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War, Ended in almost complete annihilation during the last days of WWII. Largely thanks to the U.S Navy (USN). In 1947, the IGN was formally dissolved, opening path to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.


  1. IJN Imperial Japanese Navy / (Nihon Kaigun ). Retrieved on 27/01/2009 .

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