The author had access to many Japanese texts and private documents dealing with undercurrents of diplomacy and with constitutional history; he also had the advantage of knowing the Japanese attitude towards life and politics, the terrific force of Japan’s traditions as they are brought to bear on international relations, while at the same time possessing the necessary perspective provided by occidental training in analysis and criticism. The result is a revealing and careful exposition of the structure and psychology of the Japanese government, from the Emperor down, and the only history of Japanese diplomacy as a cause of war that has ever been written.
‘It is the most scholarly work in the English Language on this subject. It is tremendously important because it provides the only source of material available in English.’ George Sokolsky
Part 1: Constitutional Organization 1. The Imperial Constitution 2. The Imperial Throne, The Lord Privy Seal and the Genro 3. The Cabinet 4. The Privy Council 5. The Advisory Council on Foreign Relations 6. The Imperial Diet 7. The Judiciary 8. The Foreign Office and the Foreign Service Part 2: The Control of Foreign Relations in Practice 9. The Revision of Unequal Treaties 10. The Sino-Japanese War 11.The Anglo-Japanese Alliance 12. The Russo-Japanese War 13. The Annexation of Korea 14. Japanese Entry into the World War 15. The Sino-Japanese Negotiations, 1915 16. Adherence to the London Declaration of Alliance 17. The Lansing-Ishii Agreement 18. The Siberian Expedition 19. The Paris Peace Conference 20. The Washington Conference 21. The Sino-Japanese Postal Agreement 22. The Tsinan Incident 23. The Pact of Paris 24. A Grave Manchurian Incident 25. The London Naval Treaty 26 .The Manchurian Crisis Part 3: The Conduct of Foreign Relations 27. The Treaty-Making Power in Japan 28. The War Power 29. The Formulation of Policies. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.