The Goal of Japanese Expansion

The Goal of Japanese Expansion

The Goal of Japanese Expansion

The Goal of Japanese Expansion

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Japan is a growing nation. She has grown in population, in culture and in industry and commerce at an astonishing tempo within the past few decades. And she is still growing.

An examination of the spiritual and historic backgrounds of the Japanese race will reveal the secret of its apparently sudden and phenomenal progress. In brief, this progress is a manifestation of the cosmic force which unites divergent elements, generates life, and fosters growth, and which the Japanese call "Musubi."

Japanese expansion on the Asiatic continent is an inevitable development of history. But Japan desires neither conquest nor territory. Musubi is not merely a biological force, but it is a spiritual power that chastens, and beautifies, admitting of no sordid elements of selfishness. The Japanese ideal of "the world, one household," as was enunciated by the Emperor Jimmu, carries no thought of domination, but envisages universal concord on the basis of freedom and equality. Japan's objective in her gigantic campaign in China to-day is to bring about through the elimination of the forces . . .

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