By Kazuhiko Togo
This ebook describes significant facets of jap overseas coverage from WWII to the current. Bilateral family with the USA, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Russia, Europe and the center East in addition to multilateral international relations are analysed. Written by means of a former diplomat who was once deeply keen on significant problems with postwar jap overseas coverage, it presents interesting insider perspectives on coverage making in Tokyo. The ebook explains how and why Japan is constructing a extra proactive overseas coverage and highlights important coverage matters which it really is dealing with on the flip of the century. it truly is written with unprecedented readability and is available and pleasant to any reader who's attracted to glossy Japan.
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The fourth accord was even looked upon as an alliance between Russia and Japan. The nature of the Japanese-British alliance also changed. From the European point of view, Germany rather than Russia emerged as a major threat to the status quo. From that point of view Britain had no objection to the enhanced relationship between Japan and Russia as outlined above, as well as the strengthening of the JapaneseFrench relationship, which came to be realized by the Japan-France Accord of 1907. Thus the alliance relationships of Britain, France and Russia, each supported by Japan, a newly emerging power in the Far East, took shape.
Japan’s victory was generally welcomed by the Asian countries, albeit that the complications related to the outcome of the peace treaty made Japan feel that 40 years of united eﬀorts to ‘catch up with the West’ or Datsu-A-Nyu-Ou allowed her to climb the ladder very quickly. To the surprise of the Japanese themselves more than anyone else, Japan had ﬁnally achieved her goal of being equal with other major players of the international community. 2. WW I and the Washington Conference The psychological impact of the Russo-Japanese War The second phase of the post-Meiji Restoration started with a very diﬀerent psychological set-up.
At the aftermath of the Manchurian incident, there were at least three options open to Japan in this regard. The ﬁrst approach was to regain the conﬁdence of Great Britain and America. Some maintained that it might be possible to resort to the Anglo-Japanese alliance. Others tried to exert inﬂuence to improve relations with the United States. An attempt was made by Japan to conclude agreements such as the Takahara-Root Agreement of 1908, but all these eﬀorts did not bear fruit. The second approach was to seek harmony with Russia, possibly in the form of a nonaggression treaty.