The International Position of Japan as a Great Power

The International Position of Japan as a Great Power

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The International Position of Japan as a Great Power

The International Position of Japan as a Great Power

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Japan, an Asiatic nation, which, until forty years ago, maintained for more than two centuries a policy of strict seclusion, is to-day not only admitted into the comity of civilized nations, but has, in matters concerning the Far East, come to play a part as important as that of any of the great powers of the West. The Island Empire, which ten years ago achieved an unbroken victory in a struggle with an eastern nation of four hundred million people, lately drifted into war with one of the strongest powers of Europe and has again won an "unbroken victory on land and sea." Does the "marvelous and swift progress" of modern Japan tend to become a "peril" to western civilization? Or does it contribute to the great work of the world's civilization? Will Japan use her power in obtaining exclusive privileges, or in leading toward the light her sister nations of Asia? Is she persona grata or persona non grata to the nations engaged in world-intercourse? Strongly believing that what has been accomplished by Japan in the interest of civilization is an earnest of what will be done hereafter, I have endeavored by careful research to trace Japan's historic policy in dealing with foreign nations. Incidentally frequent references have been made to the diplomatic and commercial history of Europe and America, to the principles of international and other public law, as well as to phases of private law, and to economics and sociology, in order to elucidate with scientific precision the relations between the East and the West.

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