First published in 1928, this collection of previously published articles entered the fray of rising tensions between Japan and Anglophone countries such as Britain, Australia and America. Japanese expansion into China had led to fortification of Britain’s Sembawang Naval Base in Singapore and Pearl Harbour in America as deterrents against the increasingly ambitious Japanese Empire. ‘The bogey of Japanese militarism’ had become ever more feared, in what the author felt was a deplorable lack of understanding about Japan and its affairs. Highlighting parallels between Japan sixty years prior and China in the present, the author began with an exploration of the effect of Far Eastern and Pacific affairs on the Anglo-Japanese alliance which, for twenty years, had formed the basis of Japan’s national defence policy. He then proceeded with an exploration of Japan’s attitudes towards contemporary issues such as armament reduction, America’s immigration laws, Britain’s Singapore base, the Chinese situation and Soviet activities in Manchuria with the hope of maintaining peace in the Far East and the Pacific.
Table of Contents
1. Chapter 1. Historical Sketch of Anglo-Japanese Naval Relations. 2. Chapter 2. British Army Connections with Japan. 3. Chapter 3. The Japanese Fighting Forces and Disarmament. 4. Chapter 4. Bearing On Trade and Foreign Relations. 5. Chapter 5. Random Notes on Japan and Her Army. 6. Chapter 6. Korea's Part in the Scheme of National Defence. 7. Chapter 7. Japan and the Singapore Base. 8. Chapter 8. Some Matters of Importance to National Defence. Appendix. 1. Summary of Leading Events in the History of Anglo-Japanese Naval and Military Relations. 2. Index of Ships Mentioned in the Text. 3. Index of Persons Mentioned in the Text. 4. General Index. Illustrations. 1. Portrait of Admiral Count Togo. 2. Occupation of one of the Shimonoseki forts by British Marines in 1864. 3. A Review of Japanese and European troops at Yokohama in early Meiji times. From a Rare Old Japanese Woodcut. Maps. 1. Sketch Map of Korean Frontier. 2. General Map of Japan in relation to Asiatic Mainland.