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Yamada Yoshio
(1873–1958)
A scholar of Japanese philology and literature who was active from the later Meiji through the Shōwa eras. Born in Toyama Prefecture on May 10, 1873, Yamada dropped out of Toyama's ordinary middle school, then passed the teacher's license examination for elementary and middle school teaching through self-study. After serving as a middle school instructor at various institutions, he became lecturer at Nihon University in 1920. He subsequently became a lecturer at Tōhoku Imperial University in 1925, professor at the same university in 1927, and a Doctor of Literature (bungaku hakushi) in 1929.
        He retired in 1933 and thereafter involved himself with Shinto matters as well. He assumed the position of founding president of Ise Shrine's Kōgakukan University in 1940, and in 1941 became counselor at the Institute of Divinities (Jingiin). He was known as an autodidactic scholar of Japanese philology and literature, but he also had profound knowledge of Shinto and kokugaku, and especially concentrated his efforts into the research of Kojiki and Hirata Atsutane.
        In 1958 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit (bunka kunshō), and died on November 20, 1958, at the age of eighty-five. Among his numerous works are Nihon bunpō-ron (A Treatise on Japanese Grammar), Kojiki jōbun kōgi (Lectures on Kojiki's Preface), and Hirata Atsutane.

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