Army, Empire and Politics in Meiji Japan: The Three Careers by Stewart Lone (auth.)

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On occasion, foreign interference will be unavoidable so unity is essential in diplomatic and strategic policy if our overall plan is to succeed. 2o Ito did not rest there. At lunch following the audience, he reiterated the threat of intervention, especially from Britain or Russia, and impressed upon the assembled generals the need for a quick, decisive victory so that Japan might obtain its peace terms before any intervention could ariseY In other words, the litmus test of Japan's overall success was its ability to avoid foreign intrusion and, to achieve this, the emperor had explicitly warned all Japan's leaders to work together.

In Manchuria, Katsura told his men: Scattered ahead of us are foreigners, especially missionaries. A cross marks their dwellings. If they are not fully protected, it will cause diplomatic trouble and dishonour the Japanese army before the world. You must protect foreigners and their homes and show the gulf between civilised troops and those of the enemy. 10 While occupying the town of Haicheng, Katsura posted men to safeguard the local Christian church; he also made contact with regional missionaries to assure them of his protection.

She had intimated to the European powers that she intended to do 40 Army, Empire and Politics in Meiji Japan many things for foreign commerce, and under cover of these intimations she has securely pursued her own aggrandizement and the Western powers gain practically nothing. 28 Suspicion of Japan, and thus of its army, was to grow after 1905 but it was already in evidence from 1895. With victory over China and the cession of Taiwan, Meiji Japan became a colonial power and, despite some reservations, it enjoyed a new international respect through its battlefield success.

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