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1937, vol. 1, 694–96; Mikuriya 2004, 104). The success of Gotō’s program led to his appointment at the Home Ministry, where one of his major proposals urged the Foreign Ministry not to outlaw opium in Taiwan—despite a majority in favor of doing just that—but to regulate its use and profit from the monopoly Japanese would enjoy as the only wholesale dealers. Furthermore, they could extract money by requiring Chinese retailers and opium den proprietors to pay taxes and fees to the Japanese. Prime Minister Itō Hirobumi was convinced, and in February 1896 he ordered the Taiwan gov- Cool(i e) Japan 3 1 ernor general to implement Gotō’s policy (Gotō S.
In 1906 the Qing allowed a Japanese consulate general to be established in Manchuria’s capital city, Fengtian (Mukden), and smaller ones in Changchun, Kirin, Andong, Yingkou, and Xinmintun (Sakatani 1980). Although deterritorializing energy in the form of Japanese traffickers and sex workers had come to the area beginning in the 1870s, followed the next decade by small groups of sōshi solders of fortune, the victory over China in 1895 allowed many Japanese imperialists a chance to develop a taste for this part of China, and their devouring began in earnest in 1905.
To extend only slightly the epigraph from the journalist Adachi, the Cool(i e) Japan 2 7 history of the de- and repossession of Northeast China by Japan’s imperialism is the story of the Chinese coolie, nothing more. Japanese dreams of empire in Asia built on the backs of cheap coolie labor surfaced even before the consolidation of its modern nation-state in 1868. In London in 1862 the Satsuma diplomat Godai Tomoatsu was reported to have “asked about the possibility of using Chinese and Indian laborers under Japanese direction to establish an East Asian center of industrial economic power” (Jansen 1965, 59–60).