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A: 6, 1-chōme, Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to, Japan

The Japanese Adopt the Abacus, Calling it the Soroban

Circa 1600
<p>Japanese soroban abacus 1x5 from Meiji period (1868-1912).</p>

Japanese soroban abacus 1x5 from Meiji period (1868-1912).

About the year 1600 the Japanese adopted the Chinese 1/5 abacus via Korea. In Japanese the abacus is called soroban.

The 1/4 abacus appeared in Japan about 1630.

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