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By Kazuhiko Togo

This booklet describes significant facets of eastern overseas coverage from WWII to the current. Bilateral family members with the united states, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Russia, Europe and the center East in addition to multilateral international relations are analysed. Written by means of a former diplomat who used to be deeply curious about significant problems with postwar eastern overseas coverage, it offers interesting insider perspectives on coverage making in Tokyo. The ebook explains how and why Japan is constructing a extra proactive international coverage and highlights important coverage concerns which it truly is dealing with on the flip of the century. it's written with extraordinary readability and is on the market and pleasant to any reader who's drawn to glossy Japan.

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Togo’s view was that the response from the Allies was sufficient to allow the acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration and bring the war to an end. General Anami and a few others maintained their objection and doubts. The Prime Minister asked for a second Imperial decision. The Emperor decided with clear and compelling reasons that the Potsdam Declaration must be accepted. The Emperor’s decision was accepted unanimously. 10 10 General Anami committed seppuku (Hara-kiri, disembowelment, a ritual way of committing suicide by the Samurai ) on that day.

A revival of militarism was remote in the mindset of the outstanding majority of the Japanese people. At the same time, it was a pacifism that was very passive in nature. ” Several political situations eventually further nurtured this passive approach to pacifism, as we are going to see in relation to the Peace Treaty below, to Japan-US political relations in Chapter 1, and to Japan’s involvement in UN peacekeeping operations in Chapter 12. In the conduct of postwar foreign policy, however, there was realism and awareness that peace could not be achieved without endeavours and sacrifices, and in order for Japan to come back as a full-fledged partner in the international community, Japan had to share a greater responsibility for the maintenance and creation of peace and security.

In 1936 the Anti-Comintern Pact was concluded between Japan and Germany. This step led to serious deliberation in 1938 and 1939, whether or not to conclude an alliance between Japan, Germany and Italy. Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 heightened the debates between those who supported Germany and those who thought that further action to narrow the proximity with Germany might fatally alienate America. The final decision regarding the conclusion of the treaty was taken by Yosuke Matsuoka, a retired Foreign Ministry official who became the Foreign Minister in July 1940.

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