The Influence of the Sea on the Political History of Japan

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E.P. Dutton, 1921 - Japan - 311 pages

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Page 291 - For any attack on Japan as matters now stand the enemy must be in possession of a fleet about three times as powerful as that of the defence, because no other country has a fully equipped modern naval base and arsenal in the Western Pacific...
Page 296 - ... tied to their own coast or battle fleet, and they could not well be used for attacking commerce. This leaves only the submarine, regarding which Admiral GA Ballard, of the British Navy, has written : ' It is an open question whether the greater part of the money which Japan is spending on other ships would not be better invested in the form of submarines, for Japanese waters are particularly well suited to the operations of that type of vessel on account of their great depth, which precludes...
Page 292 - ... of manufacturing wholesale supplies of heavy calibre ammunition ; or, lastly, of storing millions of tons of oil fuel required by a twentieth century fleet in war. Without such a base in easy reach a large proportion of the attacking fleet — probably a third — must constantly be at some distance from the theatre of operations, while the force actually on the spot must always be twice as strong as the defence if any effective watch or blockade is to be possible. No Power exists at present...
Page 99 - ... precisely the extent of the injury inflicted upon the batteries; but considering the heavy fire which was kept up from the ships, at point-blank range, the effect must have been considerable, many guns were observed to be dismounted, the batteries were several times cleared, and the explosion of various magazines gave evidence of the destructive effects of our shell ; one half of the town was in flames and entirely destroyed, as well as a very extensive arsenal or factory and gun foundry, and...
Page 293 - Four-fifths of the population of the United States are of pure European extraction, and history makes it abundantly clear that Europeans and Asiatics are so constituted that they can never occupy the same country in peace unless one or other occupies the position of an inferior race.
Page 288 - Contracting Party will at once come to the assistance of its ally, and will conduct the war in common, and make peace in mutual agreement with it.
Page 293 - But the roots of the matter lie far deeper than the niceties of international lawyers : Racial differences are inborn and constitute a factor in human affairs that cannot be abolished by speech-making round a conference table at Geneva. To ignore their existence is to depart from practical politics in settling international relations. It is not a question of the superiority or inferiority of this people or that, but simply a question of fundamental difference of mentality and social instincts.
Page 117 - Buffer their own dignity and the interests of their subjects to be called in question. A solution of the difficulty has become indispensable, and the only one that promises either peace or security is the ratification of the treaties by the Mikado.
Page 22 - The most powerful rampart between small countries and their strong neighbours is peace between their Sovereigns. This political axiom, supported by long experience, becomes most certain when it refers to the weak neighbours of an empire such as I have received from my ancestors, which is especially favoured by Heaven. I am now master of China. A crowd of kingdoms filled with fear and respect have submitted to my laws notwithstanding their distance.
Page 116 - ... plenipotentiary accredited by my sovereign to your Majesty, to submit for your appreciation the following observations bearing upon the actual situation, in order to define with precision the real questions at issue, which it is becoming each day more urgently necessary to solve in a satisfactory manner. The experience of the last few years has abundantly manifested that there exists a want of accord on the subject of foreign relations between the Mikado and Tycoon. Public proclamations and official...

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