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WikiProject Japan (Talk)

March 18, 2006
(8 years, 8 months and 9 days ago)


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Welcome to WikiProject Japan, a WikiProject set up to better organize and present information in all articles related to Japan. It is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of interested Wikipedians to improve all Japan-related articles in order to make Wikipedia an excellent resource for Japan-related information for all who visit. If you would like to help, please sign up on the participants page and see the to-do list below for ideas of where to start. There's plenty of work to go around!

For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

Current time in Japan: 08:05, November 28, 2014 (JST, Heisei 26) (Refresh)

Scope and goals[edit]

This project is designed to help those interested in improving all of the Japan-related articles on Wikipedia to find a particular area in which they are interested in working. As "Japan" is a broad subject, there are many taskforces and collaborations (see the navbox to the right for a full list) in which you can participate.

As of 27 November 2014, there are 48,328 articles within the scope of WikiProject Japan, of which 129 are featured. This makes up 1.04% of the articles on Wikipedia and 1.81% of featured articles and lists. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 112,316 pages in the project.

We want to:

  1. Allow people to more easily locate groups working on Japan-related WikiProjects
  2. Create a body of articles that accurately depicts the history and culture of Japan and the Japanese people
  3. Expand the number of articles regarding Japan and Japanese topics
  4. Further #3 by expanding all Japan-related article stubs
  5. Highlight Japan's relationship and contributions to the rest of the world
  6. Properly source all Japan-related articles, preferably using the <ref> element and the {{cite}} series of templates
  7. Standardize the style and format of articles on Japan or Japanese topics; and
  8. Standardize the use of Japanese-language terms, names, and translations into English across all related articles, bringing them in line with the WP:MOS-JA.
  9. Patrol recent changes to existing Japan-related articles for vandalism and poor-quality edits, and correct them to maintain the articles.

To-do items[edit]

Please "Be Bold!" and help us out. There are plenty of things to do in the lists below, including the creation of brand new articles. Please list all Japan-related Good and Featured articles at Wikipedia:WikiProject Japan/Recognized content.

Unreferenced BLPs[edit]

Please help as much as you can with our big list of unreferenced biographies of living people. The oldest tagged articles need help first as they are likely to be deleted before any more recently tagged articles. Whether you can do one article or 100, your help is needed and appreciated. Thanks!

New articles[edit]

You can manually list articles you have created or found at Template:Newest Japan-related articles#Manually maintained list.

This list was generated from these rules. Questions and feedback are always welcome! The search is being run daily with the most recent ~14 days of results. Note: Some articles may not be relevant to this project.

Rules | Match log | Results page (for watching) | Last updated: 2014-11-27 19:15 (UTC)

FAC and FAR requests[edit]

Editors of Japan-related articles are encouraged to involve the community by listing Featured article candidates and Featured article review requests here. Please list the newest at the top.

Listed Article FAC/FAR Result Completed
2010-09-02 Akira Kurosawa (Talk) FAC Not promoted 14 Sep 2010
2009-12-30 Flag of Japan (Talk) FAC Not promoted 27 Jan 2010
2009-08-20 Takeo Kimura filmography (Talk) FLC Not promoted 10 Oct 2009
2008-09-10 Ayumi Hamasaki (Talk) FAC Not promoted September 24, 2008
2008-07-08 Ayumi Hamasaki (Talk) FAC Not promoted July 31, 2008
2008-04-06 1995 Japanese Grand Prix (Talk) FAC Not promoted May 17, 2008
2008-03-10 Flag of Japan (Talk) FAC Not promoted March 22, 2008
2008-01-23 Manga (Talk) FAC Not promoted February 1, 2008
2008-01-20 Gifu, Gifu (Talk) FAC Not promoted February 3, 2008
2007-10-18 Japan Airlines (Talk) FAC Not promoted October 23, 2007
2007-08-28 The Rape of Nanking (book) (Talk) FAC Not promoted September 3, 2007
2007-08-22 Mana (series) (Talk) FAC Not promoted September 29, 2007
2007-07-29 Mazie Hirono (Talk) FAC Not promoted August 3, 2007
2007-05-02 Ayumi Hamasaki (Talk) FAC Not promoted May 7, 2006
2007-03-10 Japan (Talk) FAC Restarted March 26, 2007
2007-01-17 List of RahXephon media (Talk) FLC Not promoted February 2, 2007
2006-12-23 Battle of Leyte Gulf (Talk) FAR Not promoted January 25, 2007

Peer review requests[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Japan/Peer review

Former FAC[edit]

These are mostly well-written articles that need a little improvement in order to become FA quality.


These are big tasks that require a lot of work from a lot of people helping out in order to improve something. Feel free to jump right in and help with any of them. We always welcome more help!

  1. Rick Block requests help updating articles due to Gappei. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Japan/Gappei.
  2. LordAmeth would like to enlist everyone's help in converting all articles, both in title and in context, to properly macronned form.
  3. Kansai region compared to the Tōhoku region, Kansai related articles are systematically sub-standard and have articles of towns and cities missing.
  4. Dozens of pages shown at Special:Allpages/Japan and Special:Allpages/Japanese lack WikiProject Japan tags and assessments.
  5. Category:Rangaku is woefully underpopulated. Many existing articles which belong in this category are not so categorized. Please go to various rangaku-related articles and add the category.
  6. Bamse is trying to improve the coverage of National Treasures of Japan. See User:Bamse/National Treasures of Japan.
  7. 1Q84 is attempting to translate over the Japanese Wikipedia page for the Mephisto Award and would appreciate assistance since his Japanese comprehension isn't that high yet.

Cleanup tasks[edit]

These are anything smaller or more specific than projects and anything that individuals can work on.

Additionally, please review the following for work which may need doing:

  1. Various articles on historic people, especially the new articles
  2. Kyoto Imperial Palace is in sad shape. Needs expansion, more cited references.
  3. Shingetsu Institute was deleted as looking a little spammy; it's got lots of external links to articles, but not a single actual footnote, and the notability has been questioned (there's a bit of a COI concern as well).
  4. Uverworld has been tagged as being in serious need of attention since March 2009. This train wreck is nothing more than a sloppily written discography.
  5. Prostitution in Japan has lots of references, but many of the references are questionable

You can also work on files listed on the Cleanup listing page as well as articles in Category:Japan articles needing attention. Your help with these is appreciated as the list of things to do is very long.

Requested moves and merges[edit]

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Scan for Japan-related requested moves

The following are from WP:RM:


The following may be from toolserver reports at WP:DPL#To do, but any page needing disambiguation work and link correcting can be listed here.

  1. Shōnen Jump: over 100 links
  2. Komatsu: 20 links
  3. Mie: 20 links
  4. Ueno: 20 links
  5. Appleseed: 19 links
  6. Dairi: 19 links
  7. Fukui: 19 links
  8. Hanno: 19 links
  9. Kamehameha: 19 links
  10. Karin: 19 links
  11. Kihei: 19 links
  12. Kore: 19 links
  13. Kuki: 19 links
  14. Mine: 19 links
  15. Misato, Saitama: 19 links
  16. Miyako: 19 links
  17. NHK Cup: 19 links
  18. Ohta: 19 links
  19. Ōmiya Station: 19 links
  20. Rita: 19 links
  21. Sama: 19 links
  22. Tochigi: 19 links
  23. Tokai: 19 links
  24. Yamagata: 19 links

Pages marked for deletion[edit]

Japan-related articles for deletion are listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Japan and Article alerts. Please go and express your opinion regarding any articles listed there.


You can find a list of all Japan-related stub categories on the Category talk:Japan stubs page. All of the articles on the main Category:Japan stubs page need to be sorted into these more specific categories while they are stubs (last performed on 9 June 2009). Of course, you can also expand the stubs in such a way as to make them no longer stubs. If none of the existing stubs apply, please use {{Japan-stub}}.

If you want to make a new stub for a particular category, please note that all stubs are managed by the Stub-sorting WikiProject. Before creating a new stub, you should propose it at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Proposals. DO NOT simply create new stub templates, as these will probably be deleted. See Wikipedia:Stub for general guidelines on creating stub templates and categories.


The articles on these pages need to be created (or pointed to existing articles under slightly different names). You can also add requests to one of these pages. If you aren't sure which page to add your request to, please ask on the talk page.

Requested articles[edit]

Requested photographs in Japan[edit]

In addition to requesting on here, elsewhere on the English Wikipedia, and on the Wikimedia Commons (Commons:Commons:Picture_requests/Requests/Asia#Japan), please also request one on the Japanese Wikipedia. If you know Japanese, state your request at ja:Wikipedia:画像提供依頼. If you do not know Japanese, state your request at ja:Wikipedia:Chatsubo and ask the participants for help on adding it to the Japanese Wikipedia's image request page. Members will help you with your requests. Usually Japanese Wikipedians who photograph and upload images on Commons will post descriptions in Japanese and English.

Translation requests[edit]

Romanization requests[edit]

Hepburn romanization needed:

Proposed new or updated articles[edit]

List any Japan-related articles on which you are working that aren't quite ready for prime time, or proposed replacements or updates for currently existing articles. This will allow an informal peer review of sorts by anyone interested in the particular topic, thereby helping Wikipedia to become better.

  • The article on Souzou Gakuen University has the wrong (or outdated) title University of Creation; Art, Music & Social Work:Souzou Gakuen University is the English version of institution's name now as clear as stated on all official sites that I added the links to on article's page. Also the other info is terribly outdated, this university was allover the news yesterday so there's plenty of reliable information out there right now. I would contribute to it but not sure how to change the article name, or is it better to create a completely new article and delete old one? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tsurugaoka (talkcontribs) 12:26, November 11, 2009
  • I was browsing Wikipedia and found this page looking a bit lonely and lost (Memorial day for the end of the war). Unfortunately as my Japanese language knowledge is nil and the original creator of the pages English isn't great most of the page didn't make sense so I had to get rid of it. It needed categorising which I have done. If anyone knows anything about this day please can they consider adding to the stub? Cls14 (talk) 17:27, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
@User:Cls14Hi, I am new to Wikiproject Japan and was just reading through this page to see what it was all about when I came upon your post. Somebody has categorized this as one of the public holidays in Japan, but I don't think that is correct. It is more of a remembrance day with a few speeches given and a few events held than a national holiday type of thing. My personal experience is that it is pretty business as usual for most of Japan, with a few events being held in Tokyo. Also, the part about Obon has nothing to do with this day other than that August 15 tends to fall with in that time period. For what it's worth, Obon is also not a National holiday. It's sort of like Christmas here, celebrated by some but not a Japanese holiday; It is more like a summer break for some companies and people. --Marchjuly (talk) 03:02, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Katsuhiro Kawamitsu
New. This Articles for Creation submission from last October recently re-entered the AFC queue. It needs some cleanup. The original submitter hasn't edited in months. Help would be appreciated. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 01:57, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Article assessment[edit]

Any member of WikiProject Japan may assess Japan-related articles by following the guidelines here. If you aren't sure about an article, ask about it on the assessment talk page.

Unassessed articles[edit]

100% complete

Backlog: Unknown-importance Japan-related articles
Goal: 0 articles
Current: 0 articles
Initial: 12,600 articles


Top importance articles → FA[edit]

Please consider working on the Top importance articles in the chart below in order to bring them to Featured Article quality. The chart shows the current status of these articles (listed alphabetically by how close they are to reaching FA status), and there's plenty to work on.

Please jump right in and help us out by indicating in the chart which ones you want to work on (and then working on them, of course).

Article title Current status Completed Who is working on it?
Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Talk) A-Class article A  
Japanese art (Talk) A-Class article A   日本穣
Junichiro Koizumi (Talk) A-Class article A  
Hirohito (Talk) B  
Anime (Talk) B  
Demographics of Japan (Talk) B  
Economy of Japan (Talk) B  
Education in Japan (Talk) B  
Empire of Japan (Talk) B  
Fukuoka, Fukuoka (Talk) B  
Geisha (Talk) B   MightyAtom
Geography of Japan (Talk) B  
History of Japan (Talk) B   Black_Lupin
Hokusai (Talk) B   Marrio
Japan Self-Defense Forces (Talk) B  
Japanese castle (Talk) B  
Japanese cuisine (Talk) B  
Japanese language (Talk) B  
Japanese literature (Talk) B  
Japanese poetry (Talk) B  
Kabuki (Talk) B  
Karaoke (Talk) B  
Kimono (Talk) B  
Kitakyushu (Talk) B  
Kobe (Talk) B   Exitmoose
Akira Kurosawa (Talk) B  
Kyoto (Talk) B  
Manga (Talk) B  
Music of Japan (Talk) B  
Osaka (Talk) B  
Religion in Japan (Talk) B  
Samurai (Talk) B  
Sendai (Talk) B  
Shogun (Talk) B  
Sushi (Talk) B  
The Tale of Genji (Talk) B  
Tokyo (Talk) B  
Toyota (Talk) B  
Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Talk) B  
Chiba Prefecture (Talk) C   Prburley
Shizuoka, Shizuoka (Talk) C   Curly Turkey
Sapporo (Talk) C  
Yokohama (Talk) C  
Culture of Japan (Talk) Start  
Foreign policy of Japan (Talk) Start  
Government of Japan (Talk) Start  
Hiroshima (Talk) Start   日本穣,
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Talk) Start   日本穣,
Japanese people (Talk) Start   Dekimasu
Meiji Restoration (Talk) Start   Monocrat
Ministry of Defense (Japan) (Talk) Start  
Nagoya (Talk) Start  
Noh (Talk) Start  
Politics of Japan (Talk) Start  
Saitama, Saitama (Talk) Start  

Recognized content[edit]

In order to make this page a bit shorter, the list of recognized content has been moved to its own page.



  • To add a page to the project, please add one of the following templates to the top of the talk page of the article: {{WikiProject Japan|class=|importance=}}. In general, do not add this project's talk page banner to articles belonging to a child project. This is to prevent the talk pages getting too many talk page banners.
  • If an article is in need of kanji or hiragana, add {{Needkanji}} or {{Needhiragana}} to the top of the article.
  • When adding Japanese characters to an article, use
    • {{nihongo}} if an explanation or the pronunciation of the characters is needed. Format: English (Kanji Rōmaji?, extra) extra2
    • {{nihongo2}} if just the Japanese characters are needed. Format: Kanji
    • {{nihongo3}} if the rōmaji are needed first. Format: Rōmaji (Kanji?, English, extra) extra2
    • {{eigo}} if the Japanese characters are needed first. Format: Kanji (FuriganaRōmaji, English) extra
  • Userboxes:

{{User WikiProject Japan}}

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{{User WP Japan}}

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Project recognition[edit]



If you think someone has done an outstanding job in improving and/or expanding Japan-related articles here on Wikipedia, you can award them the WikiProject Japan Barnsensu. Please make note of the following:

  1. To award this to an editor, place the following on their talk page: {{WPJ-Barnsensu|1=Your message to the recipient. ~~~~}}
  2. In general, you shouldn't award this to someone who has awarded it to you (in order to avoid any appearance of quid pro quo).
  3. After awarding this to an editor, please make an entry on Barnsensu recipients page.

Recipients may also add the Barnsensu userbox to their pages.

Barnstar 2.0[edit]

Barnstar 2.0

If you think someone has done an outstanding job in improving and/or expanding Japan-related articles here on Wikipedia, you can award them the WikiProject Japan Barnstar 2.0 (same type of award as the above, but looks different). Please make note of the following:

  1. To award this to an editor, place the following on their talk page: {{WikiProject Japan Barnstar 2.0|1=Your message to the recipient. ~~~~}}
  2. In general, you shouldn't award this to someone who has awarded it to you (in order to avoid any appearance of quid pro quo).
  3. After awarding this to an editor, please make an entry on Barnstar 2.0 recipients page.

Recipients may also add the Barnstar 2.0 userbox to their pages.

Barnstar of National Merit[edit]

Barnstar of National Merit

This award is given by consensus of WikiProject Japan participants and is reserved for those who already have the Barnsensu and/or Barnstar 2.0 and have done an outstanding job improving and/or expanding Japan-related articles for at least two years. A discussion regarding the presentation of the award to someone should take place on the project talk page (please use a clear title for the discussion, such as Barnstar of National Merit discussion for Username, and please include a few reasons why the person deserves to be recognized). You can not nominate yourself. The only things considered in the discussion should be:

  1. If they have been a part of the project for at least two years or significantly contributed to a large number of Japan-related articles even if they aren't a member of the project, and
  2. Whether their contributions have significantly improved the content of Japan-related material here on Wikipedia during the time they have been participating.

Please make note of the following:

  1. Once consensus to award this to an editor has been reached, the person who started the discussion should place the following on the recipient's talk page: {{subst:The Japan Barnstar of National Merit|1=message ~~~~}} (be sure to link to the diff showing the closure of the discussion and the consensus reached)
  2. After awarding this to an editor, please make an entry on Barnstar of National Merit recipients page.

Recipients may also add the Barnstar of National Merit userbox to their pages.

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