Japan and Her Destiny: My Struggle for Peace

Japan and Her Destiny: My Struggle for Peace

Japan and Her Destiny: My Struggle for Peace

Japan and Her Destiny: My Struggle for Peace

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I felt it a great honour to be asked to translate Mr. Shigemitsu's book--an honour and yet a serious responsibility. It was not merely the obvious difficulty of translating from an oriental language that gave me pause but also the added difficulty that exigencies of space made it necessary to reduce the length of the book by half. I have solved the difficulty in two ways. In the first place I have omitted sections dealing with events with which I might suppose the reader to be well acquainted --e.g. Hitler's rise to power--or which have already been much written about--e.g. the Chinese Revolution. Since this would still have left the book too long, I have, I hope judiciously, compressed the text slightly wherever it was possible to do so without altering the meaning or the emphasis.

I need hardly say that to a conscientious translator it goes very much against the grain to do violence to the author's text. I can only plead extenuating circumstances! But I have unfortunately to plead guilty to another sin. A few of the headings in the original text have, owing presumably to errors in proof-reading, little relation to the text. Many more, while entirely intelligible to a Japanese reader, would convey little or nothing to a foreign reader coming fresh to the subject. It has seemed desirable that such a reader should be able to gather from the table of contents what he was likely to find in the book. I have, therefore, taken the liberty of altering a number of the headings. Here again, however, I have given no heading that is not justified by the text. In other words I have not at any stage added any interpretation of my own of the events described.

Readers cognisant of the Japanese language, who may wish to compare the translation with the Japanese text, should experience little difficulty, since I have throughout followed the original order. Omission of parts of the book, however, for reasons explained above, has entailed a re-numbering of the sections in places (the numbering of the chapters is my own since they are not numbered in the original).

To assist those readers who have not made a close study of Japanese politics, I explain below certain points that may prove stumbling blocks:

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