Japan and World Peace

Japan and World Peace

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Japan and World Peace

Japan and World Peace

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This little volume is an attempt to describe Japan's place in the League of Nations. I have tried to explain the aspirations and hopes, fears and misgivings, which Japan will entertain under the new world regime, as under the old.

The foremost problem of Japan to-day is the population problem. An intelligent understanding of that question is essential to the appreciation of Japan's policies and activities.

Intertwined with the population question is the matter of Japan's iron and coal supply. With her increasing population sealed up in a small archipelago, Japan sees the only means of solving the problem of overpopulation in the promotion of her industry and the expansion of her foreign trade. In a word, Japan's foremost desire to-day is to become a great industrial and trading nation. But in order to realize this desire Japan must have coal and iron, two essentials of modern industry. Unfortunately, Japan's small territory has little of either in store. She is compelled to seek them in territories not too far from her home land.

Here, in a nutshell, is the condition which furnishes the underlying motives as well as the impelling power to Japan's policies, internal and foreign.

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