Japan's Imperial Diplomacy: Consuls, Treaty Ports, and War by Barbara J. Brooks

By Barbara J. Brooks

In November 1937, Ishii Itaro, head of the japanese international Ministry's Bureau of Asiatic Affairs, mirrored bitterly at the decline of the Ministry's impression in China and his personal lengthy and debilitating fight to steer China coverage. Ishii used to be the main impressive member of a gaggle of middle-level diplomats who, having served in China, strongly recommended that Japan needs to undertake regulations in concord with China's emerging nationalism and nationwide pursuits. This quantity profiles this specific pressure of "China provider diplomat", whereas delivering a complete examine the institutional historical past and inner dynamics of the japanese international ministry and its dealing with of China affairs within the years best as much as and during global battle II. relocating from an exam of a variety of basic assets, together with the documents of the japanese overseas Ministry, memoirs, diaries and speeches, the writer bargains built-in interpretations of eastern imperialism, international relations, and the bureaucratic restructuring of the Nineteen Thirties that was once primary to Japan's model of fascism and the movement towards conflict.

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3. 84 After dinner in a nearby restaurant in Paris, with interested colleagues from other sections of the conference delegation, the first meeting of the Reform Association, the Kakushin dòshikai, commenced. Twenty-one lower ranking diplomats joined enthusiastically in the movement, swearing to risk their jobs if necessary in the effort to achieve change in the ministry. The Reform Association began contacting Gaimushò personnel in embassies, legations, and consulates around the world to gain new members.

17. Increasing salaries and other compensations. 18. Reforming organizational structures to permit ministry personnel opportunity to inform foreign policy with their opinions. 38 The Rise of Kasumigaseki Diplomacy 19. Establishing a Board of Information. 10. Unifying political and commercial work in one bureau. 11. Establishing a new bureau to study and report on domestic developments. 12. Reorganizing the two sections devoted to personnel and accounting and three devoted to documentation, diplomatic cables, and translation into independent bureaus.

The Development of the Career Diplomat Nurturing China Expertise 2 While many leading Meiji diplomats, including Yanagihara Sakimitsu (1850–1894), who as first Japanese ambassador to China presented diplomatic credentials on November 30, 1874, were broadly active statesmen, by the turn of the century the dominance of the career diplomat at all levels of the Foreign Ministry was becoming evident. 1 Thus, in 1924 the ministry firmly established its bureaucratic and political independence with the appointment of Shidehara Kijûrò as foreign minister, the first professional diplomat to achieve this position after passing the competitive entrance examinations and serving as vice minister from 1916 to 1919.

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