Routledge – 2011 – 326 pages
A journalist on the Japan Chronicle for eleven years, the author collected in this volume the most significant current events for discussion. They include the financial crisis of 1927, hostilities with China and in particular Manchuria, Japan’s booming manufacturing industry, Japanese nationalism, Japan’s new empire and its place within the Far East and East Asia. Written from a Western perspective, the volume nonetheless presents a balanced view of Japan and its behaviour which only close observation and dealings with the Japanese people could make possible.
1. A New Era 2. The Financial Crisis of 1927 3. Tanaka and Japan’s Manchuria Policy 4. The Proletariat Votes 5. The Murder of Chang Tso-Lin 6. Liberalism’s Last Effort 7. The Manchurian Background 8. The Gathering of the Clouds 9. The Breaking of the Storm 10. The Taking of Manchuria 11. Japan Acts While the Council Talks 12. The End of Democracy in Japan 13. The New State of Manchukuo 14. The Highest Form of Patriotism 15. The Horror of Shanghai 16. The Gallant Fight of Ma Chan-Shan 17. The Art of Recognition 18. The Manchurian Aftermath 19. Saito and the Spending Policy 20. Trials Extraordinary 21. Japan’s Aegis Over the Mainland 22. The Boom in Manufacture 23. Japan’s New Empire 24. The Deterioration of Thought 25. The Far East and Eastern Asia 26. Uneasy Nationalism 27. Bigger and Better Murders 28. The Sun Goddess Extends her Kingdom