"…The Japanese are not so black as they are painted or so immaculate as they occasionally paint themselves." As the author’s own words suggest, this book attempts to give a balanced account of Japan during the "crisis" years of 1931-1935 which were some of the most significant in modern Japanese history. They saw an act of political expansion unique in the years following World War One, as well as an expansion of Japanese foreign trade in markets hitherto dominated by the exports of other countries. The letters re-issued here were written for both the Western and Japanese reader and as such represent an unrivalled impartial resource.
1. War Behind the Times 2. Shinto Versus Religion 3. The Population Problem 4. Alphabet or Characters 5. Tokyo versus Geneva 6. "Suzuki" and his Views 7. Asiatic Federation 8. The Economics of Crisis 9. Empires and Empires 10. The Foreigner in Japan 11. Anglo-Japanese Relations 12. Some Japanese 13. Recent Japan Books 14. Comparative Living Standards 15. The Rise of Camp Government 16. Looking Backward and Forward