Noboru Niida

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Noboru Niida
Born(1904-01-01)January 1, 1904
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
DiedJune 22, 1966(1966-06-22) (aged 62)
Other names仁井田 陞
OccupationChinese history

Noboru Niida (仁井田陞, Niida Noboru, January 1, 1904-June 22, 1966)[1] was a Japanese academic, historian of Chinese legal history and Professor Emeritus of Oriental Laws at the University of Tokyo (Todai).[2]


In 1925, Niida began his studies at the University of Tokyo, where he would eventually be awarded his doctorate. Niida was a professor and legal history scholar at the University of Tokyo. Among the students he influenced was Denis Twitchett, who studied with him in Tokyo in 1953-54.[3] He is known for having written Chinese legal System (中國法制史, Chūgoku hōsei shi) which has been the subject of a multi-year process of translation into English.[4]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Naboru Niida, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 100+ works in 200+ publications in 5 languages and 900+ library holdings.[5]

  • 唐令拾遺 (1933)
  • 中國の社會とギルド (1951)
  • 中國の農村家族 (1952)
  • 中國農村慣行調 (1952)
  • 中國法制史 (1952)
  • 中国の法と社會と歷史: 遺稿集 (1966)
  • 中国の伝統と革命: 仁井田陞集 (1974)



  1. ^ Library of Congress Authority File, Niida Noburu Niida
  2. ^ Boyd, Kelly. (1999). Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Vol. 2, pp. 875-876, p. 875, at Google Books.
  3. ^ Pompeian, Edward. "Denis Twitchett, historian of China, dies at age 80," History News (US). March 22, 2006; retrieved 2011-08-12
  4. ^ Yale University, East Rock Institute, East Asian Law Projects directed by Hseung Chun Koh, 2008; the translation of Chinese Legal History from Japanese into English was begun by Kwang Lim Koh at Yale Law School from 1963 to 1966; but he died before the project was complete. In 2007, Hesung Koh at Yale University and Haruka Kumamoto at the University of Tokyo resumed working on this project; retrieved 2011-08-13
  5. ^ WorldCat Identities: 仁井田陞 1904-1966
  6. ^ Japan Academy, Imperial Prize, 24th May 11, 1934; retrieved 2011-08-12


  • Boyd, Kelly. (1999). Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing. London: Fitzroy Dearborn. ISBN 9781884964336; OCLC 468449026
  • Fukushima, Masao. "Profile of an Asian-minded man: Noburo Niida," in The Developing Economies, No 5-1, 1967. p. 173-190.
  • Wright, Arthur F. and John Whitney Hall. "Supplement: Chinese and Japanese Historiography: Some Trends, 1961-1966," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 371, (May, 1967), pp. 178–193.