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  • By Ian Ruxton
    Mar 5, 2013
    Translator's comments: Baron Kencho Suematsu (Suematsu Kencho in Japanese) is a little-known figure but quite an important one in the history of Anglo-Japanese relations. An early introducer of Japanese culture to a Western audience, he was also the first translator of 'Genji Monogatari'. This book helps to give some background about him and his upbringing, first in Kyushu then Tokyo and finally at Cambridge University. I felt it was important to translate this book in order to help make his name more widely known and to underline that there were some Japanese students at Cambridge University in the 19th century. (See my previous translation 'Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan'.) I also wanted to make the story of his London-based campaign on behalf of Japan in Europe during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) better known to English readers. This is the centrepiece of Professor Masayoshi Matsumura's excellent... More > and highly evaluated book. His campaign was more literary and academic than the similar one conducted by Baron Kaneko who was based in New York City and given almost identical instructions. (Professor Matsumura's account of Kaneko's tour of the United States I have previously translated as 'Baron Kaneko and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05): A Study in the Public Diplomacy of Japan'.) We also learn in this book that the idea of an unofficial public diplomacy campaign giving Japan's reasons for war was first proposed by Suematsu himself in a letter he wrote to the elder statesmen Ito and Yamagata dated January 11, 1904. In fact he envisaged completing this 'sacred mission' (as he described it) singlehandedly, but the elders judged wisely that two men were needed for the work. Anyway Suematsu made sure to call on President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Hay on his way from Japan to Europe. Taken together, these two books reveal a great deal about Japan's first efforts at public diplomacy in the modern era based mainly on Japanese Foreign Office archives. They should interest diplomatic historians and Russo-Japanese War experts as well as the general reader.< Less
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January 16, 2012
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.89 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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