Japan and America Today: A Symposium Based on a Conference on Japanese-American Relations Held at Honolulu under the Auspices of the Institute of Pacific Relations of Hawaii

Japan and America Today: A Symposium Based on a Conference on Japanese-American Relations Held at Honolulu under the Auspices of the Institute of Pacific Relations of Hawaii

Japan and America Today: A Symposium Based on a Conference on Japanese-American Relations Held at Honolulu under the Auspices of the Institute of Pacific Relations of Hawaii

Japan and America Today: A Symposium Based on a Conference on Japanese-American Relations Held at Honolulu under the Auspices of the Institute of Pacific Relations of Hawaii

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This book, and the discussions which it reports, grew out of a conviction that after the ratification of the peace treaty restoring Japan's full sovereignty, the bases of Japanese-American relations would need to be reexamined. For many years before 1941 relations between Japan and the United States were increasingly hostile. A growing conflict of interests led finally to a war in which Japan was defeated and came temporarily under American control. Now, with peace concluded, both countries have announced their desire to cooperate for mutual advantage. They must do so, however, in a new and unprecedented situation, created in part by the consequences of Japan's defeat, and in part by the development of acute global hostility between the United States and Russia.

Japan and America have certain interests and aims in common, others which are different but not contradictory, and others which may be in conflict. The immediate problems faced by the two countries are very dissimilar. It follows that, in foreign policy, their objectives cannot be identical, and their priorities are likely to differ. Effective and lasting cooperation for . . .

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