From photo archives of The Japan Times, a look back at memorable times, events and people in the history of Japan and the newspaper.

Students protesting against the U.S.-Japan security treaty clash with police near the Diet building in April 1960. The movement would grow to be one of the largest in Japan’s history.
Students protesting against the U.S.-Japan security treaty clash with police near the Diet building in April 1960. The movement would grow to be one of the largest in Japan’s history.

 

U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, are greeted at Haneda Airport on Feb. 4, 1962. U.S. Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer and future Prime Minister Yasuhiro
Nakasone were among the welcoming party. Kennedy was sent by his brother, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, to help mend strained U.S.-Japan ties.
U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, are greeted at Haneda Airport on Feb. 4, 1962. U.S. Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer and future Prime Minister Yasuhiro
Nakasone were among the welcoming party. Kennedy was sent by his brother, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, to help mend strained U.S.-Japan ties.

 

Crown Prince Akihito, who would become the Emperor in 1989, enjoys a drink after a game of tennis in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, in July 1958.
Crown Prince Akihito, who would become the Emperor in 1989, enjoys a drink after a game of tennis in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, in July 1958.

 

Members of the public catch a glimpse of Prince Naruhito, held in the arms of his mother Crown Princess Michiko, at a garden party in February 1960.
Members of the public catch a glimpse of Prince Naruhito, held in the arms of his mother Crown Princess Michiko, at a garden party in February 1960.

 

Runners compete in a qualifying heat of the men’s 100-meter dash during the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. U.S. athlete Bob Hayes won the gold medal that year, with a time of 10.0 seconds.
Runners compete in a qualifying heat of the men’s 100-meter dash during the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. U.S. athlete Bob Hayes won the gold medal that year, with a time of 10.0 seconds.

 

The Tokaido Shinkansen, Japan
The Tokaido Shinkansen, Japan’s first high-speed bullet train, travels along tracks near the Nihon Gekijo building in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district. The 0 series train tracks were retired in 2008.

 

Prime Minister Eisaku Sato addresses the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan at a dinner given in his honor on June 19, 1969. For his promotion of nuclear nonproliferation policies, Sato was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.
Prime Minister Eisaku Sato addresses the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan at a dinner given in his honor on June 19, 1969. For his promotion of nuclear nonproliferation policies, Sato was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.

 

Golfers tee off in 1963 at one of Japan
Golfers tee off in 1963 at one of Japan’s first urban golfing centers, built in Shiba under the shadow of Tokyo Tower in 1959. Japan’s hosting of the Canada Cup in 1957 helped initiate the country’s lasting love affair with the sport.

 

Train enthusiasts bid farewell to the last steam locomotive passenger train as it pulls out of Ryogoku Station in Tokyo on Aug. 20, 1969.
Train enthusiasts bid farewell to the last steam locomotive passenger train as it pulls out of Ryogoku Station in Tokyo on Aug. 20, 1969.

 

People dressed as the Seven Gods of Fortune appear at an event at Karuizawa Skate Center in 1958, two years after it opened in Nagano Prefecture.
People dressed as the Seven Gods of Fortune appear at an event at Karuizawa Skate Center in 1958, two years after it opened in Nagano Prefecture.

 

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