Japan, a Geographical View

Japan, a Geographical View

Japan, a Geographical View

Japan, a Geographical View


This book presents a view of Japan at the outbreak of the present war. It is essentially a book of facts--not of opinion or prophecy. Its purpose is to bring together information concerning the physical geography, resources, population, and economic life of Japan, and to point to connections between these basic conditions and the expansionism of Japanese military leaders. Without recognition of geographical and economic fundamentals of the type set forth in the following pages, opinion and prophecy are likely to be misleading.

The text, tables, and maps are compiled from source materials (mostly in English) that are publicly available in the United States. The authors do not claim to have disclosed new facts nor have they striven for originality in their point of view. The merit of their study lies rather in its critical selection, convenient assembly, and clean-cut correlation of important, but hitherto widely scattered, data.

The volume was planned by Professor Smith and Dr. McCune, and the greater part of the initial work upon it was done by the former. Dr. Good added most of the statistics and was largely responsible for the chapters on economic conditions. She also edited the book and saw it through the press. The physiographic map is the work of Professor Smith; the map of population change is that of Dr. George Kiss; and the other maps were drawn by Mr. Stanley F. Smith of the American Geographical Society.

Grateful acknowledgement is made of courtesies and help rendered by Dr. Paul W. Icke of the Office of the Geographer, Department of State, by Mr. Stanley Gerr, and by the Institute of Pacific Relations. Valuable assistance was given also by the late Miss Elizabeth T. Platt, Miss Marion L. Eckert, and other members of the staff of the Society.


New York City July 1, 1943 . . .

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