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イエス・キリスト教会歴史

 Improvement Era

 About  Japan  

 

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The LDS Church magazine, The Improvement Era, originally established for the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association from which organization it took its name, later became the official magazine of the Church until the Ensign replaced it in 1970. The Era, as it was called, included international news as well as local Utah and LDS Church news. Many of the issues, especially during the period of 1901 until 1920, included articles about Japan. The most lengthy were reports about, and then later, from the Japan Mission. which was opened in 1901. Additionally Japan was becoming a more powerful nation and made the International News section from time to time. For the next several months, we will provide some of this interesting information from about 110 years ago.

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Improvement Era 1915

Will Japanese soldiers fight in Europe? At the beginning of the war, Japan took part in running down the German vessels that were preying upon the commerce of the Allies. They wrested from Germany Kiaochau and with it the German influence in the great province of Chatong. These conflicts with Germany were easily understood, because they had directly to do with vital Japanese interests. There was a further question about which there has been frequent speculation, and that is the willingness of the Japanese and the consent of the Europeans to have that oriental power place its soldiers along side those of the Allies in the battle lines of Europe.

Improvement Era 1915

It has seemed all along to the writer that the inevitable result of the Japanese recent international arrangement would lead to her participation in the European struggle on land. Whatever may be said about the great European war on the grounds of individual and state freedom, it is in a large measure, after all, a war of conquest, and Japan has her price. What is it?

Improvement Era 1915

It is a price in the first instance that Russia must pay. Money indemnities cannot in the very nature of things be at all adequate for the victorious parties. Indemnities must come through territorial aggrandizement. Japan would be very glad to have Russia move back from the city of Harbin in Manchuria to the northern shores of the Amoor river. Japan would like concessions in Vladivostock and perhaps the exclusive control of that port, though Russian Siberia and Russian claims in Mongolia make that port equally a necessity to Russia.

Improvement Era 1915

If Russia must cede these large interests in eastern Asia, there must be in return a large compensation elsewhere as an inducement. That means that France and England would have to reimburse Russia at Constantinople and in Asia Minor. So, indirectly England and France would have to surrender some of the good things they have in anticipation, to Russia, in order to justify Russia in letting Japan have what she wants. It is a very large mathematical problem, and to save disputations after the war, it has to be worked out in detail, and it is a fairly good guess, when we venture the belief, that for some time the allied diplomats and those of Japan have had their slates and pencils and sponges occupied in hunting the answers to scores of problems to which the Japanese demands will naturally give rise.

Improvement Era 1915

Heretofore the four allied powers have believed in their ability to cope with the situation, but behind that belief was a determination of the Allies that they would win even if Japan had to be called in. And it really looks today (October) as if Japan was in a good position to demand and receive her price. It's a big one, but really Japan has the goods to deliver. She has two million of perhaps the best fighting men in the world, well officered, well equipped, that she is able to put on the fighting line within six months' time.