The Eagle and the Rising Sun: America and Japan in the Twentieth Century

The Eagle and the Rising Sun: America and Japan in the Twentieth Century

The Eagle and the Rising Sun: America and Japan in the Twentieth Century

The Eagle and the Rising Sun: America and Japan in the Twentieth Century

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The United States and Japan, one nation born a mere two centuries ago and the other emerging out of a cloudy antiquity, have come to a relationship as important as that between any two countries in the world.

Contrasts between Japan and the United States are startling and the association of these two Pacific neighbors, short from the prospect of recorded time, has been turbulent. The history and differences go far to explain the problems and prospects of what has come to be termed a Japanese-American “partnership”, only recently winning acceptance by both Japanese and Americans as a full-fledged alliance.

Several factors are basic to any discussion of Japanese-American relations : Japan is an island nation, the United Sates is continental. The area of the United States is nearly twenty-five times that of Japan, which is roughly the size of the state of Montana. From the beginning of man's memory, Japan has been visited by disasters: volcanoes, earthquakes, fires, floods, and typhoons, to which in certain centuries were added clashes of arms in bloody internecine warfare.

The climax to all these natural and man-made tragedies came in World War II when Japan suffered atomic attack. Out of this suffer-

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