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Japan To-Day



(A Special Number of the "Japan Financial and Economic Monthly")



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" It is the desire of my Government, as I trust
it is the wish of His Majesty's Government, always
to maintain this happy state of affairs, and, in ad-
dition to the political friendship which happily
unites the two nations, to augment the commercial
and other relations for which there is still ample
room for development. In taking such an important
part in the forthcoming Exhibition the Government
of my country has thought that good results on the
lines indicated would ensue if the scheme of the
Exhibition is successfully carried through. Willi
this object in view the Government is doing its best
to contribute to the success of the undertaking s< 1
far as lies in its power (hear, hear) ; and the whole
nation has approved the measures adopted by the
Government in this connection, both by word and
deed. (Applause.) "

" I have no doubt that the Exhibition will
prove to be the great attraction of the coming London
season (applause), and will be a means of affording
pleasure and recreation to a large number of people
in this country, and also to people coming from
abroad ; but it goes without saying that we must not
be content to make it a mere attractive show which
leaves no trace behind. (Applause.) The Exhibition
has a much more serious object to fulfil. It must
serve as a substantial means of bringing still closer
the two Island Empires of the East and West, and
securing for them both much more important benefits
than hitherto of a moral, intellectual, and material
character. It is a great undertaking, and no efforts
should be spared on either side to ensure its com-
plete success."
(Extract from II. E. Mr. Kato's speech on the 4th Feb., 1910.)


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Mv DbAK Sik : —

I have examined with great interest your important
work entitled " Japan To-day," and I hope you will be re-
warded, in part at least, for your great labor, through the
congratulations and thanks of the large number who will have,
like myself, an opportunity to examine its. contents.

Very truly yours,



k.otaro mochizuki esquire,

Japanese Ambassador to the U. S. A.

Mr. O' Brien,
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My dear Sir ;

I beg to assure you, that I highly appreciate your
very interesting work " Japan To-day " with the sincere
wish that this standard book on your country may have a
full success.

Sincerely yours,

Kotaro Mochizuki Esq.


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Autograph of BarOn Oura, Minister 6f Agriculture and CommorCo

Since the formation of the Anglo- Japanese alliance, eight years have elapsed, during which time friendly
relations between both countries have been deepened more than ever. The country of the rising sun joined hands
with the country upon which the sun never sets, and stands upon the arena of the International politics. And for the
sake of the preservation of the peace in the Orient, the sphere of the alliance was further extended by the formation
of the offensive and defensive alliance. The unique friendship thus formed afford these two countries a weighty
position among the powers of the world, enabling them to contribute much towards the preservation of the world's
peace and fin therance of the welbeing of man with a view to permanently commemorate relations of amity and to
plan for the commercial developments for these two countries. Fngland expects to hold the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition
in May of the present year. A moment's reflection will at once show that the pt went prosperity ot Japan as shown
in the introduction of new features in politics, education, as well as in productive and technical industry is the result
of Japan's following the British example. The Empire of Japan with its rising influence bent its whole attention to
the development of commerce and industry, which are weapons of peace. Among some foreign powers, Japan is
grieviously misunderstood so that frequently the voice of complaints is raised. The Anglo-Japanese Exhibition is to
be held in London at this juncture. Both the people high and low in Japan are availing themselves of this splendid
opportunity, by making endeavours to bring the real condition of Japan to the notice of the powers both in Eurojx;
and America. In these attempts, we must remember warm supports given both by the Government authorities and
the people in England. No such splendid opportunity could ever present itself in introducing Japan to the world than
that presented by this exhibition. Mr. Kotaro Mochizuki, a gentleman of noble character and patriotic sentiments,
was educated in England icr many years, where he thoroughly imbibed the spirit of the British civilization, and on
his return home, he was returned as the member of the House from a constituency in his native province. In
Parliament Mr. Mochizuki has frequently dwelt upon the necessity of forming friendships between Japan and
England. After the conclusion of the Japan-Russian war, the " Liberal News Agency " a unique institution in Japan
was lounded by him with an object of supplying daily news in the English language and with a view to
introducing foreigners the real financial and economic status of Japan, he published " The Japan Economic and
Financial Monthly." Again during the last Summer when Japanese business men visited America at the invitation
of the Confederate Chambers of Commerce on the Pacific Slope U.S.A., he published an English work called " Japan
and America " which was regarded as a great success in view of the limited time at his disposal, with a view to
introduce Japan's commerce and industry to the notice of America. Availing himself of the occasion offered by the
Anglo-Japanese Exhibition, Mr. Mochizuki has published a work called " Japan To-day " in wliicli ne covers such

topics as politics, education, literature, fine arts, crafts, productvie industries, not omitting observations or geography,
religion, and morality. In fact, he touched upon every topic giving detailed explanations leaving no stone unturned.
But for the unequalled energy comprehensive learning and high sense of patriotism of Mr. Mochizuki it wo Id
have been next to impossible to produce such a gigantic literary woik in so short a time. I trust that " Japan To-day "
is a work that is worthy of perusal by our allies besides being a splendid souvenir of the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition.
The work is an indis]«nsable vaifc mccum to those foreigners who would know Japan and things Japanese. I deem
it a high honour to commend the work to the i>erusal of the-people.
May 1910

President Anglo-Japanese Exhibition.

What is the future of Japan which has gained the position of first-rate power through the successful conflicts

with China and Russia ?" seems to be
a question that Europe and America
strive to solve. The "Yellow Peril"
doctrine broached in cerlain quarters is
a matter of such small consequence that
there is not a bit of need for its
refutation. There are some, however,
who are of the opinion that the
Japanese are merely a warlike nation
not capable of contributing to peace
of the civilized world, and fortunately
this absurd opinion has not found favour
to such an extent that the international
relations are endangered by it. But
unless something be done to remove
this absurdity from the minds of
Europe and America, matters of a
grave nature might arise out of it.
That Japanese activity is liable to be
regarded with mistrust by other powers
has its origin in the latter's ignorance
of Japanese character as well as of the
social and political status. Such being
Jhe case, many Japanese have endea-
voured, either by tongue or by pen
, show Japan in her tru2 character,

Baron Matsudaira's Autograph

Addressed to

Mr. Mochizuki.

but their efforts have not borne the
expected fruit, for what was done by
them was mostly one-sided, no attempt
having been made to enable foreigners
to grasp the true idea of Japan from all

Mr. Kotaro Mochizuki, President
of the Liberal News Agency, is a man
who shares these views with me and
availing himself of the opportunity of
the Japan-British Exhibition he is going
to publish " Japan To-day " which
treats of Japan in various phases-
political, diplomatic, military, industrial,
literary, religious and educational etc.
Our foreign readers, will the better
understand Japan through the perusal
of this book and will be made sure that
she is a lover of peace, doing her
utmost for its promotion in various
ways and ready always to approve any
scheme calculated to bring about such
desired result. It is from these motives
that as I understand it, that Mr.
Mochizuki has become engaged in the
compilation of the present book.

In conclusion it may be expressly stated that the books published by the Japanese Government in connection
with the Japan-British Exhibition for the most pirt have passed through Mr. Mochizuki's hand in their compilation.
I owe him a debt of gratitude for his valuable services.
May, 1 9 10

Vice-President Anglo-Japanese Exhibition.

Mr. Kotaro Mochizuki, a good friend
of mine, is a public spirited gentleman, and
often lamented the (act that the real condition
of Japan was misunderstood by foreigners,
attributing such, to the want of a projicr
organ for giving information to foreigners
about Japan. Soon after the Japan-Russian
War, he started the Liberal News Agency
for the purpose of supplying news daily in
the English language. 1 le started a publica-
tion also in English called the " Japan
Financial and Economic Monthly." Though
these and other organs, he has made
efforts to supply news in matters concerning
politics, finance, economics and social affairs
at large. Indeed, his bringing about a
better understanding between the English
and Japanese have been incalculable. For
the space of four yeais, bis business grew
in prosperity and forms at present an im-
portant international organ, and has won
confidence and the welcome of the public
both at home and abroad. He considered
it his mission to bring Japan to the
world's notice, and utilized every opportunity
sacrificing his private interests towards the
attainment of the object. It was in the
year 1909 when representatives of five large
Chambers of Commerce of Japan carrying
with them the nations' peaceful mission, at
the invitation of the Chambers of Commerce
on the Pacific slope, were about to visit
America, Mr. Mochizuki under the im-
pression that their trip should not be made
merely a matter of exchange of polite words
and that of sight seeing, published a work
entitled, " Japan and America," in which he
explained the relations of Japan and America
and also gave a full description of the degree of development and progress of Japan and the economic
and financial condition subsequent to the Japan Russian War.

In this way, he showed that the invitation of our business men by the American Chambers of
Commerce was a natural outcome of the relations existing between these two countries. As an appendix
to this book, he published character sketches of those representative busines men enabling the readers to
obtain bird's eye view of Japan and things Japanese the publication was highly welcomed both by the
Japanese and the Americans. Again availing himself of the opportunity offered by the Anglo-Japanese
Exhibition, he has edited a work called " Japan To-day " in the English language, in which he gives
detailed explanations regarding the Anglo-Japanese diplomatic and commercial relations, and the causes
which led to the blossoming out of the civilization that lay dormant in the Empire for the space of 2,500
years. The book taken together with the exhibits in the Exhibition will really be valuable in introducing
Japan to the world's notice. Mr. Mochizuki's astute mental power was in lull play in making the
compilation perfect while it is adorned with copious historical imformations in vigorous and elegant
English. I am doubly surprised at the energy with which he executed the gigantic work in such a
short space of time when I was about to leave England for Japan. Mr. Mochizuki has secured the
support of. large number of officials and people, and according to his latest report, not only the
Government has given support, but also large banks and companies have been most keen ami
enthusiastic in assisting in the compilaton of the work. The publication of this nature, it is needless to
say, has great influence in deepening the friendiy relations between Japan and England. The book
was originally designed to introduce the conditions of Japan in connection with the Anglo-Japanese
Exhibition. A perusal of this work is a necessity to those foreigners who want to know how this
rising Empire in the Extreme Orient made its appearance in the world's stage, and how acting unitedly
with friendly nations contributed towards the furtherance of the wclbcing of humanity. As a chief
commissioner of the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition, I have been brought face to face with the work of the
Exhibition, and the observation that with the completion of this book greater part of the object of the
Anglo-Japanese Exhibition has already been attained is a source of great joy to me and I take a pleasure
in writing this preface to the "Japan To-day "


Chief Commissioner of the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition.





Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Chief of Bureau of the Political
AHairs, Department of Foreign Afiairs.


Chief of the Bureau of Commerce

Department of Foreign Affairs.

Autograph of Prince Yamajjata

" Sincerity pervades all History both Ancient and Modern."

" Observing the manners and
customs of the world we derive
lessons in politics, education and
morals, for home and abroad by
considering their successes and
failures we are led to understand
historical facts both ancient and

Marquis INOUYE, Genro or a
veteran statesman of Japan.

Marquis Inouye and hie Autograph

Auto&raph of Marquis Matsukata

"Human minds are frail; moral sentiments are feeble; we must concentrate our
attention upon their preservation. Let us steer in the middle course."
For Mr. Mochizuki,

Spring, 19 1 o.

Marquis Matsukata, Genro or a veteran statesman of Japan.

" If a man keeps cherishing jhis old knowledge, so
as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a
teacher of others."

For Mr. Mochizuki's "Japan To-Day."
Spring, 1910.

Autojjraph of Marquis Kateura


Premier, and the Minister of

Marquis Saionji and his



" Let this be your Vade Meaim."

Marquis Saionji,

President of the Constitutional


Party and Ex-premier.


Spring 19 10.


Dfar Mk. Mochizuki : —

In expressing any strong similarity
between the two things, the Japanese use
expressions " they are like a water-melon
cut into two." The similarity of the national
conditions between England and Japan may
be expressed by this homely and yet highly
appropriate saying.

Such similarity between the two
countries consists of their insular position,
their national career as well as in their strong
sense of justice, freedom and purity. These
are in fact the very causes which led to
the formation of the Anglo-Japanese alliance
and I regard it as will of providence that
the alliance should not be changed.

Regarded from economic standpoint
the relations between England and Japan
arc such that the former, by her civilization
which continued for several hundred yen's,
and by her superior experience has attained
a high degree of perfection in producing
articles cither by means of machinery or
by the application of scientific principles in
making supplies to the undeveloped Eastern
market which owing to the limited degree
of the power of purchase demands unfinished
articles gives Japan certain advantage be-
cause of her geographical position and the
low cost of labour. Only fifty years have
elapsed since the opening of Japan, so that
the manufacturing industry is still in an
embryonic condition being handicapped by
the want of capital, so that Japan has not
reached the position of making supplies
for all demands to be made in these
countries. Hence arises the necessity for

the Japanese to co-operate with the English who are better favoured than the Japanese in point of
capital ; that both England and Japan should make an alliance in economic affairs enabling them to
draw closer in the bond of union seems to be a destiny providentially arranged on these two countries.

With a view to deepening the cordial relation between Japan and England, the Anglo-Japanese
Exhibition is to be opened for which I can not but offer congratulations to both countries.

Strange to say that after the Japan-Russian War, with tic increase, of the knowledge concerning
Japan among foreigners, the number of those who misunderstand or pass adverse judgment upon
Japan has been considerably increased, and very few of them are acquainted with the origin of the
Japanese civilization and with the fact that love of peace and the sense of respect towards humanity
are charactei istics innate to the Japanese who are ever striving not to fall behind the world's progress.
With a view to setting forth the real status of Japan and to eliminating any misconceptions, I published
"The History of Fifty years of Japan." You have published "Japan To-day" availing yourself of
the advantage offered by the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition with the purpose of introducing to foreigners
the real condition of Japan and to wipe off any misconception connected with her position. 1 have
examined " Japan To-day " and after the earnest perusal, are deeply struck with the extent of in-
formation contained therein which will contribute a great deal towards explaining the real condition
of Japan and is flu outcome of your earnest effort. I firmly believe that this work will go a long
way in explaining away misconceptions, and will lead to the furtherance of our national developments
and to the preservation of the world's peace.

Yours Sincerely,

May, 1910


To Mk. Kotako Mochizqki Ex-M. P.

President of the Liberal News Agency

Dear Sik : —

Your publication, " Japan To-day " explains the present condition of japan almost perfectly. You
are about to proceed to England in order to avail yourself of the opportunity offered by the Anglo-
Japanese Exhibition to distribute them among the peoples of all nationalities. I greatly rejoice at your
present successful attempt, for the sake of the Empire. Our country has indeed come to attract the atten-
tion of the world, owing to the two great wars we were obliged to engage in. But a great deal is yet
unknown about us : Such being particularly the case in regard to the different sides of social affairs, the
mode of living, and national characteristics, ideals and sentiments. : ometimes owing to ignorance in
these things on the part of people abroad some erroneous ideas and serious misunderstandings arc apt
to arise. It is a bounden duty of the Japanese subjects to attempt to remove, through explanations, all
such causes of misunderstanding. In order to perform that duty, a few books have been recently published
witli considerable success, but none of these equals yours, which, in its comprehensiveness of scope and
detailed explanations, stands pre-eminent. You have in this respect most successfully discharged your
duty and I take pleasure in commending your work.

Yours sincerely,

May, 1910.

(L*J. &<& . U>^£

Minister of Army

Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"Japan To-day" edited by Mr. Kotaro Mochizuki, formerly a member ol the House of Com-
mons, and now the President of the Liberal News Agency, is a work full of valuable authentic
information, which scarcely has any equal among publications of a similar kind. From early life,
Mr. Mochizuki was educated in England, where he later obtained a rich store of information regard-
ing politics, diplomatic relations and economic conditions. On his return home, both by wiitten and
spoken words he has made efforts to develop and enlarge the ideas of his people. Mr. Mochizuki has
recently founded the "Liberal News Agency" and besides supplying the news in the English
language, he publishes the " Japan Economic and Financial Monthly " a journal whose object is to
give information concerning Industrial Japan to the world so as t > bring about better understanding
between the Japanese and foreigners, and promote the development of international commerce and

trade. Availing himself of the splendid opportunity offered by the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition, he has
published this work which, needless to say, will help in a material degree toward the attainment ot
life-long aim. Owing to his learning, credit and position, he is well qualified tor the execution ot
this kind of work. In " Japan To-day " Mr. Mochizuki explains the nature of the modern Japanese
civilization which is based upon special features of the Yamato race and eclectic choice of the western
civilization. There is no doubt but that in the present work our great indebtedness to the countries
of Europe and America is explained. In fact, the utmost care seems to have been taken to comprise
in this work all that pertains to the explanation of modern Japan. People of foreign countries will
find in this book that they have a trustworthy guide, and much useful knowledge about Japan.

s YW,aA'cAz c= 5oul* .

May 1910 Admiral Saito, Minister of the Navy.

To Mr. Kotako Mociu/uki : —

The history of the world shows us
that civilization in ancient times marched

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