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Vol 23 No 5 May/June 2018

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Japanese Pride, American Prejudice

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Izumi HirobeNagoya University, Japan

ISBN13: 9780804738132
ISBN: 0804738130
Published: January 2001
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00

Adding a dimension to the history of U.S.-Japan relations, this book reveals that an unofficial movement to promote good feeling between the United States and Japan in the 1920s and 1930s only narrowly failed to achieve its goal: to modify the so-called anti-Japanese exclusion clause of the 1924 U.S. immigration law.;It is well known that this clause caused great indignation among the Japanese, and scholars have long regarded it as a major contributing factor in the final collapse of U.S.-Japan relations in 1941. Not generally known, however, is that beginning immediately after the enactment of the law, private individuals sought to modify the exclusion clause in an effort to stabilize relations between the two countries. The issue was considered by American and Japanese delegates at almost all subsequent U.S.-Japan diplomatic negotiations, including the 1930 London naval talks and the last-minute attempts to prevent war in 1941.

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Abbreviations; A note on Japanese names; Introduction
Part I. The Missionary Initiative: 1. The immediate aftermath; 2. The origins of pro- and anti-quota movements; 3. The clergymen's political campaign; 4. The long quiet battle
Part II. The Business Initiative: 5. New movements from the Pacific Coast; 6. Japanese imperialism and the immigration question; 7. Howard's pro-quota campaign; 8. The declining impetus of the pro-quota forces; 9. The final collapse: toward pearl harbor; Conclusion; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.