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International Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War by Ko Unoki

By Ko Unoki

International family members and the Origins of the Pacific warfare takes the original strategy of analyzing the background of the connection among Japan and the us through the use of the framework of diplomacy theories to look for the origins of the Pacific battle, that erupted with Japan's assault on Pearl Harbour in 1941.

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57 The meeting between the Japanese and Americans was not all serious business. To provide some occasion of levity, Perry staged a minstrel show with sailors in blackface singing popular American melodies. The Japanese reciprocated by using their women to entertain the Americans. 58 Be that as it may, in a little less than a year after Perry’s first visit, the Japanese relented to Perry’s high-handed manner of diplomacy and threats of war. Under the cannons and guns of his ships and with the presence of 500 armed American sailors and marines, the Treaty of Kanagawa was signed by both countries on March 31, 1854 that provided two ports of refuge, Shimoda and Hakodate, an appointment of an American consul in Shimoda, and supplies for American ships.

35 To what extent the Tokugawa officials were aware of this darker side of early US history is not known but such precedents of conquest, expansion, and ethnic cleansing, suggests that there was little reason for the Japanese to doubt Perry’s threats of using force if the Japanese resisted his demands. 32 International Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War American motives behind “opening” Japan Until the 1800s, most foreign Powers ignored a Japan in self-imposed semi-isolation. 36 The Russians, on the other hand, began demanding that Japan trade with Russia so that its trading companies could supply Russian settlements that were expanding across Siberia and into the Amur River region.

As such, with one Dominant Power at the top and an increase in the number of powers the further we go down the power hierarchy, the international order can perhaps be best visualized as being a pyramid. Power Power, which Organski defines as “the ability to influence the behavior of others in accordance with one’s own needs,”74 is within the context of Power Transition theory a combination of three elements: the population of those who can work and fight, the level of political development, and the level of economic development.

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