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Rediscovering AmericaJapanese Perspectives on the American Century$
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Peter Duus

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268432

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268432.001.0001

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The American Enemy

The American Enemy

(p.128) Chapter 4 The American Enemy
Rediscovering America

Peter Duus

Kenji Hasegawa

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the diplomatic and economic relations between Japan and the United States from the 1920s, which were relatively tranquil, despite a rash of fictional accounts of future wars between them. It notes that not only did Japan join the League of Nations as a charter member, but the Japanese government also cooperated with the Americans in establishing naval arms limitations in the Pacific and supported American diplomatic efforts to phase out the “unequal treaty system” in China. The chapter points out that Japanese leaders were therefore shocked when the Hoover administration protested the Japanese military incursion into northeast China and the establishment of Manchukuo, a Japanese satellite state, in 1931–32. It further points out that the Japanese had come to regard East Asia as a region of special strategic and economic interest to Japan, just as Latin America was to the United States.

Keywords:   diplomatic relations, economic relations, League of Nations, Pacific, unequal treaty system, China, Hoover administration, Manchukuo, East Asia, Latin America

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