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Japan and Japanese-American Relations (Classic Reprint)

Japan and Japanese-American Relations (Classic Reprint)

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Japan and the United States are at present the two foremost powers of the Pacific, and their international relations form one of the most vital factors in the diplomacy of that ocean. Other nations may later challenge this paramount position. China, if successfully reorganized, will do so in the near future; Australia, New Zealand and British Columbia may, after some decades, make the British Empire as powerful in the Pacific as it is now in the Atlantic and the Indian oceans; while Russia may eventually develop Siberia and extend its conquests in the Far East until it will rival the leaders of today. At present, however, the supremacy of Japan and the United States can hardly be questioned. They are the Pacific powers not because of distant conquests in that ocean, which in time, as Asia develops in strength, must be abandoned, but because their own territory, inhabited by their own people, is situated there. The home land of both is on the Pacific.

Both are young powers in the modern sense. A little over a half century ago the United States did not possess a single foot of undisputed territory on the Pacific Ocean; today it has a greater coastline than any other nation. Less than a half century ago Japan was a weak, feudalized state with a civilization much resembling that of Europe in the middle ages. Its recent progress, the accomplishment in fifty years of the advance which it took Europe five hundred years to make, is probably the most remarkable national achievement in history. So well did Japan learn its lessons in western civilization that today, in proportion to its resources, it has probably the most efficient governmental organization in the world.

The relations between these two great Pacific powers has always been intimate and, in the main, one of almost romantic friendship. In all Japan there is but one monument to a foreigner, and that is to an American.

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