Japan and world peace

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byKiyoshi Karl Kawakami

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... nothing but a golden dream impossible of realization. It would have accentuated the skeptical attitude of the reactionaries towards democracy, and retarded the progress of liberalism in Japan for at least a decade or two. It seems not a mere coincidence that the inaguration of a liberal cabinet at Tokyo came simultaneously with the decline of Germany's military prowess. When the Terauchi Cabinet, generally accredited with conservatism, was ready to resign in September, 1918, Marquis Okuma, for many years identified with the liberal movement in Japan, informed the Emperor that war had brought a great change in the sentiments of the people, as it had widened the gulf between the wealthy classes and the masses. This, he said, created a dangerous tendency which if ignored might undermine the social foundations of the empire. Thus Marquis Okuma urged the inauguration of a liberal cabinet capable of appreciating the desires and aspirations of the lower classes. In asking Takashi Hara, the "commoner of Japan," to organize a new ministry, the Emperor was undoubtedly influenced by the wise counsel offered by the "Grand Old Man," as Marquis Okuma is familiarly called. The Hara Cabinet came into power on September 29,1918. It is avowedly a party cabinet, as eight of its ten members are closely identified with the Seiyu-Kai, the liberal party. As soon as it was organized, the new Cabinet made it plain that it intended to abolish anachronistic practices of the bureaucracy. Under bureaucratic cabinets the offices of ministers and vice-ministers, as well as those of other high officials, were like sanctums, inaccessible to common people. The Hara Cabinet has abolished this usage, and opened the doors of those sanctums to all persons who may have plausible reason to inte...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... nothing but a golden dream impossible of realization. It would have accentuated the skeptical attitude of the reactionaries to...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217495648

ISBN - 13:9780217495646

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