Japan: Some Phases of Her Problems and Development

Japan: Some Phases of Her Problems and Development

Japan: Some Phases of Her Problems and Development

Japan: Some Phases of Her Problems and Development

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It was three years ago that the invitation to write the present volume came from London and was forthwith accepted. It was on the eve of my departure from Geneva -- from the International Secretariat of the League of Nations, where I had been serving for seven years.

I accepted the invitation in the hope that on my return home I could work in quiet retirement. But my hope was frustrated, and, from the moment of my arrival, scarcely a day has passed, except during illness, when I could sit down undisturbed and write for any consecutive number of hours.

I feel under obligation to make this apology, because the announcement of this volume was made long ago, and I have had several inquiries sent me as to the time of its appearance.

There is another reason why I make a personal reference regarding the delay in issuing this book.

During my absence of so many years, there appeared in Japan many works relating to our country -- works of erudition, of painstaking research or of quick perception -- without scanning which I did not feel like taking up my pen.

So much by way of apology. Now a word about the plan. My original intention was a bigger volume. It was to contain separate chapters on National Defence, Foreign Relations, Oversea Possessions, and Contemporary Literature. But time has not allowed me to carry out this first idea.

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