THIS volume was originally planned and initiated by an agreement between the publishers and the authors in December, 1948. Since that time all the authors have become indebted to the Editor of the Van Nostrand Political Science Series, Franklin L. Burdette, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, for his interest in the project, his guidance, and his cooperation.
Since the book was initiated, all of the authors have visited the Far East. Linebarger has made five trips on various errands. Burks has since spent fifteen months in the Far East, twelve of which were in Japan, most of them at the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies at Okayama. Space forbids a detailed listing of the countless number of Far Eastern government servants and scholars, as well as American colleagues, scholars, and friends, resident in the Far East, who freely offered insights and suggestions which eventually affected the authors' views. Needless to say, however, the opinions set forth are entirely the unofficial views of the authors and they alone stand responsible for them.
Linebarger wishes specifically to acknowledge his gratitude to teaching colleagues in The School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. He pays tribute to the patient aid of Mr. John Carr of the Alderson Reporting Service, in transcribing drafts of the volume.
Both Djang and Burks are deeply indebted to Mr. Howard Linton who, as friend and Librarian, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, gave selflessly of his time in order to aid in the search for primary Far Eastern materials.
Burks wishes specifically to thank Dr. Hugh Borton, Director, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and Dr. Robert E. Ward, Associate Director, Center for Japanese Studies, for their careful reading of and suggestions on the section on Japanese Government and Politics. Present and former colleagues, Dr. L. Ethan Ellis, Chairman, and Dr. Henry R. Winkler, History Department, Rutgers University; and Dr. Richard Edwards, Associate Professor of Political Science, Lafayette College, read portions of the Japan