EXPENDITURE (omitting fractions)
See also:Year . Ordinary Extraordinary
See also:Total Expenditures Expenditures Expenditures (millions of yen) . (millions of yen) . (millions of yen) . 1878-9 56 5 61 1883–4 68 15 83 1888–9 66 15 81 1893-4 64 20 84 1898–9 119 I01 220 1903–4 170 8o 250 1908-9 427 193 62o It may be here stated that, with three exceptions, the working of the
See also:budget showed a surplus in every one of the 41 years between 1867 and 1908 . 1 The
See also:Japanese fiscal year is from
See also:April I to
See also:March 31.The
See also:sources from which revenue is obtained are as follow:—ORDINARY REVENUE 1894-5 . 1898–9 . 1903-4 . 1908-9 . millions millions millions millions of yen. of yen. of yen. of yen . Taxes 70.50 96.20 146.10 299.61 Receipts from stamps 14.75 33.00 96.87 164.66 and Public Under- takings Various Receipts 4.58 3.67 8.15 11.48 It appears from the above that during 15 years the
See also:weight of
See also:taxation increased fourfold . But a correction has to be applied, first, on account of the tax on alcoholic liquors and, secondly, on account of customs dues, neither of which can properly be called general imposts .
See also:grew from 16 millions in 1894–1895 to 72 millions in 1908–1909, and the latter from 5: millions to 411 millions . If these increases be deducted, it is found that taxes, properly so called, grew from 70.5 millions in 1894–1895 to 207.86 millions in 1908–1909, an increase of somewhat less than three-
See also:fold . Otherwise stated, the
See also:burden per unit of population in 1894–1895 was 3s . 6d., whereas in 1908–1909 it was 8s . 4d . To understand the principle of Japanese taxation and the manner in which the above development took place, it is necessary to glance briefly at the chief, taxes separately . The
See also:land tax is the
See also:principal source of revenue . It was originally fixed at 3% of the assessed value of the land, but in 1877 this ratio was reduced to 21%, on which basis the tax yielded Land Tax. from 37 to 38 million yen annually . After the war with
See also:China (1894–1895) the
See also:government proposed to increase this
See also:impost in
See also:order to obtain funds for an extensive
See also:programme of useful public
See also:works and
See also:expanded armaments (known subsequently as the first
See also:post bellum programme ") . By that
See also:time the market value of agricultural land had largely appreciated owing to improved communications, and urban land commanded greatly enhanced prices . But the
See also:house of the
See also:diet, considering itself
See also:guardian of the farmers' interests, refused to endorse any increase of the tax . Not until 1889 could this resistance be overcome, and then only on
See also:condition that the
See also:change should not be operative for more than 5 years .
The amended rates were 3.3% on rural lands and 5% on urban
See also:building sites . Thus altered, the tax produced 46,000,000 yen, but at the end of the five-year
See also:period it would have reverted to its old figure, had not war with Russia broken out . An increase was then made so that the impost varied from 3 % to 171 % according to the class of land, and under this new
See also:system the tax yielded 85 millions . Thus the exigencies of two
See also:wars had augmented it from 38 millions in 1889 to 85 millions in 1907 . The income tax was introduced in 1887 . It was on a graduated scale, varying from 1% on incomes of not less than 300 yen, to 3 % on incomes of 30,000 yen and upwards . At theseinnomeTax. rates the tax yielded an insignificant revenue of about 2,000,000 yen . In 1899, a revision was effected for the purposes of the first post bellum programme . This revision increased the number of classes from five to ten, incomes of 300 yen
See also:standing at the bottom and incomes of 100,000 yen or upwards at the top, the minimum and maximum rates being 1% and 51% . The tax now produced approximately 8,000,000 yen . Finally in 1904, when war broke out with Russia, these rates were again revised, the minimum now becoming 2 %, and the maximum 8'2 % . Thus revised, the tax yields a revenue of 27,000,000 yen .
The business tax was instituted in 1896, after the war with China, and the rates have remained unchanged . For the purposes of the tax all kinds of business are divided into nine classes, Business and the tax is levied on the amounts of sales (wholesale and and
See also:retail), on rental value of buildings, on number of employees and on amount of capital . The yield from the tax grows steadily . It was only 4,500,000 yen in 1897, but it figured at 22,000,000 yen in the budget for 1908-1909 . The above three imposts constitute the only
See also:direct taxes in
See also:Japan . Among indirect taxes the most important is that upon alcoholic liquors . It was inaugurated in 1871; doubled, roughly Tax on speaking, in 1878; still further increased thenceforth at intervals of about 3 years, until it is now approximately Licotrs twenty times as heavy as it was originally . The liquor Liquors. taxed is mainly
See also:sake; the
See also:rate is about 50 •sen (one
See also:shilling) per
See also:gallon, and the
See also:annual yield is 72,000,000 yen . In 1859, when Japan re-opened her ports to
See also:foreign commerce, the customs dues were fixed on a basis of so% ad valorem, but this was almost immediately changed to a nominal 5% and a real 3% . The customs then yielded a very Customs
See also:petty return—not more than three or four million yen —and the Japanese government had no discretionary power to alter the rates . Strenuous efforts to change this system were at length successful, and, in 1899, the
See also:tariff was divided into two sections, conventional and statutory; the rates in the former being governed by a treaty valid for 12 years; those in the latter being fixed at Japan's will . Things remained thus until the war with Russia State Revenue .
compelled a revision of the statutory tariff . Under this system the ratio of the duties to the value of the dutiable goods was about 15.65 % . The customs yield a revenue of about 42,000,000 yen . In addition to the above there are eleven taxes, some in existence Other before the war of 1904–5, and some created for the purpose Taxes . of carrying on the war or to meet the expenses of a post bellum programme . Taxes in existence before 1904–1905: Yield Name . (millions of yen) . Tax on soy 4 Tax on
See also:sugar 161
See also:Mining tax 2 Tax on bourses 2 Tax on issue of
See also:bank-notes 1
See also:Tonnage dues Taxes created on account of the war (1904–5) or in its immediate sequel: Yield Name . (millions of yen) .
See also:Consumption tax on textile fabrics 191 Tax on dealers in patent medicines Tax on communications 21 Consumption tax on kerosene 11 Succession tax 11 Also, as shown above, the land tax was increased by 39 millions; the income tax by 19 millions; the business tax by 15 millions; and the tax on alcoholic liquors by 15 millions . On the whole, if taxes of general incidence and those of
See also:special incidence be lumped together, it appears that the burden swelled from 160,000,000 yen before the war to 320,000,000 after it . The government of Japan carries on many manufacturing under-takings for purposes of military and
See also:naval equipment, for
See also:ship- building, for the construction of railway
See also:rolling stock, State for the manufacture of telegraph and
See also:light-house Monopolies materials, for iron-founding and
See also:steel-making, for printing, and maim- for paper-making and so forth .
There are 48 of these facture' institutions, giving employment to io8,0oo male operatives and 23,000
See also:female, together with 63,000 labourers . But the
See also:financial results do not appear independently in the general budget . Three other government undertakings, however,constitute important budgetary items: they are, the profits derived from the postal and telegraph services, 39,000,000 yen; secondly, from forests, 13,000,000 yen; and thirdly, from
See also:railways, 37,000,000 yen . The government further exercises a
See also:monopoly of three important staples,
See also:salt and camphor . In each case the crude article is produced by private individuals from whom it is taken over at a
See also:fair price by the government, and, having been manufactured (if necessary), it is resold by government agents at fixed prices . The tobacco monopoly yields a profit of some 33,000,000 yen; the salt monopoly a profit of 12,000,000 yen, and the camphor monopoly a profit of I,000,000 yen . Thus the ordinary revenue of the state consisted in 1908–1909 of : Yen . Proceeds of taxes . . 320,000,000 Proceeds of state enterprises (posts and tele- graphs, forests and railways) . 89,000,000 Proceeds of monopolies 56,000,000 Sundries II,000,000 Total 476,000,000 The ordinary expenditures of the nine departments of state aggre- gated—in 1908–1909—427,000,000 yen, so that there was a surplus revenue of 49,000,000 yen . Japanese budgets have long included an extraordinary section, so called because it embodies outlays of a special and terminable Extraordinary character as distinguished from ordinary and perpetu-Extrartarer. ally recurring expenditures . The items in this extra- ordinary section possessed deep
See also:interest in the years 1896 and 1907, because they disclosed the special programmes mapped out by Japanese financiers and statesmen after the wars with China and Russia .
Both programmes had the same bases—expansion of armaments and development of the
See also:country's material resources . After her war with China, Japan received a plain intimation that she must either fight again after a few years or resign herself to a career of insignificance on the confines of the Far East . No other
See also:interpretation could be assigned to the
See also:action of Russia, Germany and France in requiring her to retrocede the territory which she had acquired by right of
See also:conquest . Japan therefore made
See also:provision for the doubling of her army and her
See also:navy, for the growth of a
See also:mercantile marine qualified to supply a sufficiency of
See also:ships, and for the development of resources which should lighten the burden of these outlays . The war with Russia ensued nine years after these preparations had begun, and Japan emerged victorious . It then seemed to the onlooking nations that she would
See also:rest from her warlike efforts . On the contrary, just as she had behaved after her war with China, so she now behaved after her war with Russia—made arrange-meats to
See also:double her army and navy and to develop her material resources . The government drafted for the year 1907–1908 a budget with three salient features . First, instead of proceeding to
See also:deal in a leisurely manner with the greatly increased
See also:debt, Japan's financiers made dispositions to pay it off completely in the space of years . Secondly, a total outlay of 422,000,000 yen was set down Lr improving and expanding the army and the navy . Thirdly, expenditures aggregating 304,000,000 yen were estimated for productive purposes . All these outlays, included in the extraordinary section of the budget, were spread over a series of years commencing in 1907 and ending in 1913, so that the disbursements would reach their maximum in the fiscal year 1908–1909 and would thenceforth decline with growing rapidity .
See also:finance this programme three
See also:constant sources of annual revenue were provided, namely, increased taxation, yielding some 3o millions yearly; domestic loans, varying from 30 to 40 millions each year; and surpluses of ordinary revenue amounting to from 45 to 75 millions . There were also some exceptional and temporary assets: such as 100,000,000 yen remaining over from the war fund; 50 millions paid by Russia for the
See also:maintenance of her
See also:officers and soldiers during their imprisonment in Japan; occasional sales of state properties and so forth . But the backbone of the
See also:scheme was the continuing revenue detailed above . The house of representatives unanimously approved this
See also:pro-gramme . By the bulk of the nation, however, it was regarded with something like consternation, and a very
See also:short time sufficed to demonstrate its impracticability . From the beginning of 1907 a
See also:cloud of commercial and
See also:industrial depression settled down upon Japan, partly because of so
See also:colossal a programme of taxes and expenditures, and partly owing to excessive
See also:speculation during the year 1906 and to unfavourable financial conditions abroad . To
See also:float domestic loans became a hopeless task, and thus one of the three sources of extraordinary revenue ceased to be available . There remained no alternative but to modify the programme, and this was accomplished by extending the
See also:original period of years so as correspondingly to reduce the annual outlays . The nation, however, as represented by its leading men of affairs, clamoured for still more drastic
See also:measures, and it became evident that the government must study
See also:retrenchment, not expansion, eschewing above all things any increase of the country's indebtedness . A change of
See also:ministry took place, and the new
See also:cabinet drafted a programme on five bases: first, that all expenditures should be brought within the margin of actual visible revenue, loans being wholly abstained from ; secondly, that the estimates should not include any anticipated surpluses of yearly revenue; thirdly, that appropriations of at least 50,000,000 yen should be annually set aside to
See also:form a sinking fund, the whole of the foreign debt being thus extinguished in 27 years; fourthly, that the state railways should be placed in a
See also:separate account, all their profits being devoted to extensions and repairs; and fifthly, that the period for completing the post bellum programme should be extended from 6 years to rt . This scheme had the effect of restoring confidence in the soundness of the national finances . National Debt.—When the fiefs were surrendered to the
See also:sovereign at the beginning of the Meiji era, it was decided to provide for the feudal nobles and the samurai by the payment of lump sums in commutation, or by handing to them public bonds, the interest on which should constitute a source of income .
The result of this trans-action was that bonds having a total
See also:face value of 191,500,000 yen were issued, and ready-
See also:money payments were made aggregating 21,250,000 yen.' This was the foundation of Japan's national debt . Indeed, these public bonds may be said to have represented the bulk of the state's liabilities during the first 25 years of the Meiji period . The government had also to take over the debts of the fiefs, amounting to 41,000,000 yen, of which 21,500,000 yen were paid with interest-bearing bonds, the
See also:remainder with ready money . If to the above figures be added two foreign loans aggregating 16,500,000 yen (completely repaid by the year 1897) ; a
See also:loan of 15,000,000 yen incurred on account of the Satsuma revolt of 1877, loans of 33,000,000 yen for public works, 13,000,000 yen for naval construction, and 14,500,000 yen 2 in connexion with the fiat currency, we have a total of 305,000,000 yen, being the whole national debt of Japan during the first 28 years of her new era under Imperial administration . The second epoch
See also:dates from the war with China in 1894–95 . The direct expenditures on account of the war aggregated 200,000,000 The amounts include the payments made in connexion with what may be called the disestablishment of the
See also:Church . There were 29,805 endowed temples and shrines throughout the
See also:empire, and their estates aggregated 354,481 acres, together with 11 million bushels of
See also:rice (representing 2,500,000 yen) . The government resumed possession of all these lands and revenues at a total cost to the state of a little less than 2,500,000 yen, paid out in
See also:pensions spread over a period of fourteen years . The measure sounds like wholesale confiscation . But some extenuation is found in the fact that the temples and shrines held their lands and revenues under titles which, being derived from the feudal chiefs, depended for their validity on the maintenance of feudalism . 2 This sum represents interest-bearing bonds issued in
See also:exchange for fiat notes, with the idea of reducing the
See also:volume of the latter . It was a tentative measure, and proved of no value .
yen, of which 135,000,000 yen were added to the national debt, the remainder being defrayed with accumulations of surplus revenue, with a
See also:part of the
See also:indemnity received from China, and with voluntary contributions from patriotic subjects . As the immediate sequel of the war, the government elaborated a large programme of armaments and public works . The expenditure for these unproductive purposes, as well as for
See also:coast fortifications,
See also:dockyards, and so on, came to 314,000,000 yen, and the total of the productive expenditures included in the programme was 190,000,000 yen—namely, 120 millions for railways, telegraphs and telephones; 20 millions for riparian improvements; 20 millions in aid of industrial and agricultural
See also:banks and so forth—the whole programme thus involving an outlay of 504,000,000 yen . To meet this large figure, the
See also:Chinese indemnity, surpluses of annual revenue and other assets, furnished 300 millions; and it was decided that the remaining 204 millions should be obtained by domestic loans, the programme to be carried completely into operation—with trifling exceptions—by the year 1905 . In practice, however, it was found impossible to obtain money at home without paying a high rate of interest . The government, therefore, had recourse to the
See also:London market in 1899, raising a loan of £to,000,000 at 4%, and selling the £loo bonds at 90 . In 1902, it was not expected that Japan would need any further immediate recourse to foreign borrowing . According to her financiers' forecast at that time, her national indebtedness would reach its maximum, namely, 575,000,000 yen, in the year 1903, and would thenceforward diminish steadily . All Japan's domestic loans were by that time placed on a
See also:uniform basis . They carried 5% interest, ran for a period of 5 years without redemption, and were then to be redeemed within 5o years at latest . The
See also:treasury had power to expedite the operation of redemption according to financial convenience, but the sum expended on amortization each year must receive the previous consent of the diet . Within the limit of that sum redemption was effected either by purchasing the stock of the loans in the open market or by
See also:drawing lots to determine the bonds to be paid off .
During the first two periods (1867 to 1897) of the Meiji era, owing to the processes ofconversion, consolidation, &c., and to the various requirements of the state's progress, twenty-two different kinds of national bonds were issued; they aggregated 673,215,500 yen; 269,042,198 yen of that total had been paid off at the close of 1897, and the remainder was to be redeemed by 1946, according to these programmes . But at this point the empire became involved in war with Russia, and the enormous resulting outlays caused a
See also:signal change in the financial situation . Before peace was restored in the autumn of 1905, Japan had been obliged to
See also:borrow 405,000,000 yen at home and 1,054,000,000 abroad, so that she found herself in 1908 with a total debt of 2,276,000,000 yen, of which aggregate her domestic indebtedness stood for 1,11o,000,000 and her foreign borrowings amounted to 1,166,000,000 . This meant that her debt had grown from 561,000,000 yen in 1904 to 2,276,000,000 yen" in 1908; or from 11.3 yen to 43.8 yen per
See also:head of the population . Further, out of the
See also:grand total, the sum actually spent on account of war and armaments represented 1,357,000,000 yen . The debt carried interest varying from 4 to 5% . It will be observed that the country's indebtedness grew by 1,700,000,000 yen, in
See also:round numbers, owing to the war with Russia . This added
See also:obligation the government resolved to
See also:discharge within the space of 30 years, for which purpose the diet was asked to approve the
See also:establishment of a national debt consolidation fund, which should be kept distinct from the general accounts of revenue and expenditure, and specially applied to payment of interest and redemption of principal . The amount of this fund was never to fall below tto,000,000 yen annually . Immediately after the war, the diet approved a cabinet proposal for the nationalization of 17 private railways, at a cost of 500,000,000 yen, and this brought the state's debts to 2,776,000,000 yen in all . The
See also:people becoming impatient of this large burden, a scheme was finally adopted in 1908 for appropriating a sum of at least 50,000,000 yen annually to the purpose of redemption .
See also:Local Finance.—Between 1878 and 1888 a system of local autonomy in matters of finance was fully established .
Under this system the total expenditures of the various corporations in the last year of each quinquennial period commencing from the fiscal year 1889-1890 were as follow: Total Expenditure Year . (millions of yen) . 1889-1890 22 1893–1894 52 1898–1899 97 1903–1904 2 158 1907–1908 167 " In this is included a sum of 110,000,000 yen distributed in the form of loan-bonds among the officers and men of the army and navy by way of
See also:reward for their services during the war of 1904–5 . s When war broke out in 1904 the local administrative districts took steps to reduce their outlays, so that whereas the expenditures totalled 158,000,000 yen in 1903–1904, they fell to 122,000,000 and 126,000,000 in 1904–1905 and 1905–1906 respectively . Thereafter however, they expanded once more . In the same years the total indebtedness of the corporations was :—Debts Year . (millions of yen) . 189o 1894 10 1899 32 1904 65 1907 89' The chief purposes to which the proceeds of these loans were applied are as follow: Millions of yen .
See also:Education 5 Sanitation 12
See also:Industries 13 Public works 52 Local corporations are not competent to incur unrestricted indebtedness . The endorsement of the local
See also:assembly must be secured; redemption must commence within 3 years after the date of issue and be completed within 30 years; and, except in the case of very small loans, the sanction of the
See also:minister of home affairs must be obtained .
See also:Wealth of Japan.—With reference to the wealth of Japan, there is no official
See also:census . So far as can be estimated from
See also:statistics for the year 1904–1905, the wealth of Japan proper, excluding
See also:Sakhalin and some rights in
See also:Manchuria, amounts to about 19,896,000,000 yen, the items of which are as follow: Yen (to yen =£1) .
Lands 12,301,000,000 Buildings 2,331,000,000Furniture and fittings 1,o8o,00o,000 Live stock 109,000,000 Railways, telegraphs and telephones . 707,000,000
See also:Shipping . 376,000,000 Merchandise 873,000,000 Specie and
See also:bullion 310,000,000
See also:Miscellaneous 1,809,000,000 Grand total . . . . 19,896,000,000 Education.—T here is no
See also:room to doubt that the literature and learning of China and Korea were transported to Japan in very
See also:ancient times, but tradition is the
See also:sole authority Early for current statements that in the 3rd century a Education . Korean immigrant was appointed historiographer to the Imperial
See also:court of Japan and another learned man from the same country introduced the Japanese to the treasures of Chinese literature . About the end of the 6th century the Japanese court began to send civilians and religionists direct to China, there to study Confucianism and
See also:Buddhism, and among these travellers there were some who passed as much as 25 or 30 years beyond the
See also:sea . The knowledge acquired by these students was crystallized into a
See also:body of
See also:laws and ordinances based on the administrative and legal systems of the Sui
See also:dynasty in China, and in the
See also:middle of the 7th century the first Japanese school seems to have been established by the emperor Tenchi, followed some 50 years later by the first university .
See also:Nara was the site of the latter, and the subjects of study were ethics,
See also:history and
See also:mathematics . Not until 794, the date of the transfer of the capital to
See also:Kioto, however, is there any evidence of educational organization on a considerable scale . A university was then opened in the capital, with affiliated colleges; and local
See also:schools were built and endowed by
See also:noble families, to whose scions admittance was restricted, but for general education one institution only appears to have been provided . In this Kioto university the curriculum included the Chinese
See also:classics, calligraphy, history, law,
See also:etiquette, arithmetic and composition; while in the affiliated colleges special subjects were taught, as
See also:medicine, herbalism, acupuncture, shampooing, divination, the
See also:almanac and
See also:languages .
See also:Admission was limited to youths of high social grade; the students aggregated some 400, from 13 to 16 years of age; the
See also:faculty included professors and teachers, who were known by the same titles (hakase and shi) as those applied to their successors to-
See also:day; and the government supplied
See also:food and clothing as well as books . The
See also:family schools numbered five, and their patrons were the Wage, the Fujiwara, the Tachibana (one school each) and the Minamoto (two) . At the one institution—opened in 828—where youths in general might receive instruction, the course ' This includes 224 millions of loans raised abroad . embraced only calligraphy and the precepts of Buddhism and Confucianism . The above re srospect suggests that Japan, in those early days, borrowed her educational system and its subjects of Comhina- study entirely from China . But closer
See also:scrutiny shows tion of that the national factor was carefully preserved . Native and The ethics of administration required a combination Foreign of two elements, wakon, or the soul of Japan, and
See also:Element . kwansai, or the ability of China; so that, while adopt-
See also:ing from Confucianism the
See also:doctrine of filial piety, the Japanese grafted on it a spirit of unswerving
See also:loyalty and patriotism; and while accepting
See also:Buddha's teaching as to three states of existence, they supplemented it by a belief that in the
See also:life beyond the
See also:grave the
See also:duty of guarding his country would devolve on every man .
See also:academic importance attached to proficiency in
See also:literary composition, which demanded close study of the ideographic script, endlessly perplexing in form and infinitely delicate in sense . To be able to compose and indite graceful couplets constituted a
See also:passport to high
See also:office as well as to the favour of great ladies, for
See also:women vied with men in this accomplishment . The early years of the 1th century saw, grouped about the empress Aki, a
See also:galaxy of female authors whose writings are still accounted their country's classics—Murasaki no Shikibu, Akazome Emon, Izumi Shikibu, Ise Taiyu and several lesser
See also:lights . To the first two Japan owes the Genji monogatari and the Eiga monogalari, respectively, and from the Imperial court of those remote ages she inherited admirable
See also:models of
See also:painting, calligraphy,
See also:song and dance .
But it is to be observed that all this refinement was limited virtually to the noble families residing in Kioto, and that the first
See also:object of education in that era was to
See also:fit men for office and for society . Meanwhile, beyond the precincts of the capital there were rapidly growing to maturity numerous powerful military mag-6dncation nates who despised every form of learning that did in the not contribute to
See also:martial excellence . An illiterate era Middle ensued which reached its
See also:climax with the establish- Ages. went of feudalism at the close of the 12th century . It is recorded that, about that time, only one man out of a force of five thousand could decipher an Imperial
See also:mandate addressed to them . Kamakura, then the seat of feudal government, was at first distinguished for
See also:absence of all intellectual training, but subsequently the course of
See also:political events brought thither from Kioto a number of court nobles whose erudition and refinement acted as a potent
See also:leaven . Buddhism, too, had been from the outset a strong educating influence . Under its auspices the first great public library was established (1270) at the
See also:temple Shomyo-ji in Kanazawa . It is said to have contained practically all the Chinese and Japanese books then existing, and they were open for perusal by every class of reader . To Buddhist priests, also, Japan owed during many years all the machinery she possessed for popular education . They organized schools at the temples scattered about in almost every part of the empire, and at these tera-koya, as they were called, lessons in ethics, calligraphy,
See also:reading and etiquette were given to the sons of samurai and even to youths of the mercantile and manufacturing classes . When, at the beginning of the 17th century, administrative supremacy fell into the hands of the
See also:Tokugawa, the illustrious Education founder of that dynasty of shoguns, Iyeyasu, in the pre- showed himself an
See also:promoter of erudition . MeliiEra .
He employed a number of priests to make copies of Chinese and Japanese books; he patronized men of learning and he endowed schools . It does not appear to have occurred to him, however, that the spread of knowledge was hampered by a restriction which, emanating originally from the Imperial court in Kioto, forbade any one outside the ranks of the Buddhist priesthood to become a public teacher . To his fifth successor Tsunayoshi (168o-1709) was reserved the
See also:honour of abolishing this
See also:veto . Tsunayoshi, whatever his faults, was profoundly attached to literature . By his command a
See also:pocket edition of the Chinese classics was prepared, and the example he himself setin reading and expounding rare books to audiences of feudatories and their vassals produced something like a
See also:mania for erudition, so that feudal chiefs competed in engaging teachers and founding schools . The eighth shogun, Yoshimune (1716-1749), was an even more enlightened ruler . He caused a geography to be compiled and an astronomical
See also:observatory to be constructed; he revoked the veto on the study of foreign books; he conceived and carried out the idea of imparting moral education through the
See also:medium of calligraphy by preparing ethical primers whose precepts were embodied in the head-lines of copy-books, and he encouraged private schools . Iyenari (1787-1838), the
See also:eleventh shogun, and his immediate successor, Iyeyoshi (1838-1853), patronized learning no less ardently, and it was under the auspices of the latter that Japan acquired her five classics, the primers of True Words, of Great Learning, of Lesser Learning, of Female Ethics and of Women's Filial Piety . Thus it may be said that the system of education progressed steadily throughout the Tokugawa era . From the days of Tsunayoshi the number of
See also:fief schools steadily increased, and as students were admitted
See also:free of all charges, a duty of grateful fealty as well as the impulse of interfief competition drew thither the sons of all samurai . Ultimately the number of such schools
See also:rose to over 240, and being supported entirely at the expense of the feudal chiefs, they did no little honour to the spirit of the era . From 7 to 15 years of age lads attended as day scholars, being thereafter admitted as boarders, and twice a year
See also:examinations were held in the presence of high officials of the fief .
There were also several private schools where the curriculum consisted chiefly of moralphilosophy, and there were many temple schools, where ethics, calligraphy, arithmetic, etiquette and, sometimes, commercial matters were taught . A prominent feature of the system was the bond of reverential affection uniting teacher and student . Before entering school a boy was conducted by his
See also:father or elder
See also:brother to the home of his future teacher, and there the visitors, kneeling before the teacher, pledged themselves to obey him in all things and to submit unquestioningly to any discipline he might impose . Thus the teacher came to be regarded as a
See also:parent, and the veneration paid to him was embodied in a
See also:precept: " Let not a
See also:pupil tread within three feet of his teacher's
See also:shadow." In the case of the temple schools the priestly instructor had full cognisance of each student's domestic circumstances and was guided by that know-ledge in shaping the course of instruction . The universally underlying principle was, " serve the country and be diligent in your respective avocations." Sons of samurai were trained in military arts, and on attaining proficiency many of them travelled about the country, inuring their bodies to every kind of hardship and challenging all experts of local fame . Unfortunately, however, the policy of national seclusion pre-vented for a long time all
See also:access to the stores of
See also:European know-ledge . Not until the beginning of the 18th century did any authorized account of the great
See also:world of the West pass into the hands of the people . A celebrated
See also:scholar (Arai Hakuseki) then compiled two works—Seiyo kibun (Record of Occidental Hearsay), and Sairan igen (Renderings of Foreign Languages)—which embodied much information, obtained from Dutch sources, about
See also:Europe, its conditions and its customs . But of course the light thus furnished had very restricted influence . It was not extinguished, however . Thenceforth men's interest centred more and more on the astronomical,
See also:geographical and medical sciences of the West, though such subjects were not included in academical studies until the renewal of foreign intercourse in
See also:modern times . Then (1857), almost immediately, the nation turned to Western learning, as it had turned to Chinese thirteen centuries earlier .
The Tokugawa government established in Yedo an institution called Bansho-shirabe-dokoro (place for studying foreign books), where Occidental languages were learned and Occidental works translated . Simultaneously a school for acquiring foreign medical
See also:art (Seiyo igaku-sho) was opened, and, a little later (1862), the Kaisei-jo (place of liberal culture), a
See also:college for studying European sciences, was added to the
See also:list of new institutions . Thus the
See also:eve of the Restoration saw the Japanese people already appreciative of the stores of learning rendered accessible to them by contact with the Occident . Commercial education was comparatively neglected in the schools . Sons of merchants occasionally attended the tera-koya, commercial but the instruction they received there had seldom Education in any bearing upon the conduct of
See also:trade . Mercan-Tokugawa tile knowledge had to be acquired by a system of Times. apprenticeship . A boy of 9 or 10 was apprenticed for a period of 8 or 9 years to a
See also:merchant, who undertook to support him and teach him a trade . Generally this
See also:young apprentice could not even read or write . He passed through all the stages of
See also:menial, errand boy, petty clerk, salesman and
See also:senior clerk, and in the evenings he received instruction from a teacher, who used for textbooks the
See also:manual of
See also:letter-writing (Shosoku orai) and the manual of commerce (Shobsi orai) . The latter contained much useful information, and a youth thoroughly versed in its contents was competent to discharge responsible duties . When an apprentice, having attained the position of senior clerk, had given
See also:proof of
See also:practical ability, he was often assisted by his
See also:master to start business independently, but under the same
See also:firm-name, for which purpose a sum of capital was given to him or a section of his master's customers were assigned . When the government of the Restoration came into power, the emperor solemnly announced that the administration should be Education conducted on the principle of employing men of capa-In modern city wherever they could be found .
This amounted Japan. to adeclaration that in choosing officials scholastic acquirements would thenceforth take precedence of the claims of
See also:birth, and thus unprecedented importance was seen to attach to education . But so long as the feudal system survived, even in part, no general scheme of education could be thoroughly enforced, and thus it was not until the conversion of the fiefs into prefectures in 1871 that the government saw itself in a position to take drastic steps . A commission of investigation was sent to Europe and
See also:America, and on its return a very elaborate and extensive plan was
See also:drawn up in accordance with French models, which the commissioners had found conspicuously
See also:complete and symmetrical . This plan subsequently underwent great modifications . It will be sufficient to say that in
See also:consideration of the free education hitherto provided by the feudatories in their various fiefs, the government of the restoration resolved not only that the state should henceforth
See also:shoulder the
See also:main part of this burden, but also that the benefits of the system should be extended equally to all classes of the population, and that the attendance at
See also:primary schools should be compulsory . At the outset the sum to be paid by the treasury was fixed at 2,000,000 yen, that having been approximately the expenditure incurred by the feudatories . But the financial arrangements suffered many changes from time to time, and finally, in 1877, the cost of maintaining the schools became a
See also:charge on the local taxes, the central treasury granting only sums in aid . Every
See also:child, on attaining the age of six, must attend a
See also:common elementary school, where, during a six-years' course, instruction is given in morals, reading, arithmetic, the rudiments of technical
See also:work, gymnastics and poetry . Year by year the attendance at these schools has increased . Thus, whereas in the year 1900, only 81.67 % of the school-age
See also:children of both sexes received the prescribed elementary instruction, the figure in 1905 was 94'93% . The
See also:desire for instruction used to be keener among boys than among girls, as was natural in view of the difference of inducement; but ultimately this discrepancy disappeared almost completely . Thus, whereas the percentage of girls attending school was 75.90 in 1900, it rose to 91.46 in 1905, and the corresponding figures for boys were 90.55 and 97.10 respectively .
See also:fee paid at a common elementary school in the rural districts must not exceed 5s. yearly, and in the urban districts, 1os.; but in practice it is much smaller, for these elementary schools form part of the communal system, and such portion of their expenses as is not covered by tuition fees, income from school
See also:property and miscellaneous sources, must be defrayed out of the proceeds of local taxation . In 1909 there were 18,160 common elementary schools, and also 9105 schools classed as elementary but having sections where, subsequently to the completion of the
See also:regular curriculum, a special supplementary course of study might be pursued in
See also:agriculture, commerce or
See also:industry (
See also:needle-work in the case of girls) . The time devoted to these special courses is two, three or four years, according to the degreeof proficiency contemplated, and the maximum fees are 15d. per
See also:month in urban districts and one-
See also:half of that amount in rural districts . There are also 294 kindergartens, with an attendance of 26,000 infants, whose parents pay 3d. per month on the
See also:average for each child . In general the kindergartens are connected with elementary schools or with normal schools . If a child, after
See also:graduation at a common elementary school, desires to extend its education, it passes into a common middle school, where training is given for practical pursuits or for admission to higher educational institutions . The ordinary curriculum at .a common middle school includes moral philosophy,
See also:English language, history, geography, mathematics, natural history, natural philosophy, chemistry, drawing and the Japanese language . Five years are required to graduate, and from the
See also:fourth year the student may take up a special technical course as well as the main course; or, in accordance with local requirements, technical subjects may be taught conjointly with the regular curriculum throughout the whole time . The law provides that there must be at least one common middle school in each prefecture . The actual number in 1909 was 216 . Great inducements attract attendance at a common middle school . Not only does the graduation certificate carry considerable weight as a general qualification, but it also entitles a young man to volunteer for one year's service with the
See also:colours, thus escaping one of the two years he would have to serve as an ordinary conscript .
The graduate of a common middle school can claim admittance, without examination, to a high school, where he spends three years preparing to pass to a university, or four years studying a special subject, as law,
See also:engineering or medicine . By following the course in a high school, a youth obtains exemption from conscription until the age of 28, when one year as a volunteer will free him from all service with the colours . A high-school certificate of graduation entitles its holder to enter a university without examination, and qualifies him for all public posts . For girls also high schools are provided, the object being to give a general education of higher standard . Candidates for admission must be over 12 years of age, and must have completed the second-year course of a higher elementary school . The regular course of study requires 4 years, and supplementary courses as well as special art courses may be taken . In addition to the schools already enumerated, which may be said to constitute the machinery of general education, there are special schools, generally private, and technical schools (including a few private), where instruction is given in medicine and surgery, agriculture, commerce,
See also:mechanics, applied chemistry, navigation, electrical engineering, art (pictorial and applied), veterinary science, sericulture and various other branches of industry . There are also apprentices' schools, classed under the heading of elementary, where a course of not less than six months, and not more than four years, may be taken in dyeing and
See also:weaving, embroidery, the making of artificial
See also:flowers, tobacco manufacture, sericulture, reeling
See also:silk, pottery,
See also:lacquer, woodwork,
See also:metal-work or
See also:brewing . There are also schools—nearly all supported by private enterprise—for the
See also:blind and the dumb . Normal schools are maintained for the purpose of training teachers, a class of persons not plentiful in Japan, doubtless because of an exceptionally low scale of emoluments, the yearly pay not exceeding £6o and often falling as low as £15 . There are two Imperial
See also:universities, one in Tokyo and one in Kioto . In 1909 the former had about 220 professors and instructors and 288o students .
Its colleges number six: law, medicine, engineering, literature, science and agriculture . It has a university
See also:hall where post-graduate courses are studied, and it publishes a quarterly journal giving accounts of scientific researches, which indicate not only large erudition, but also original
See also:talent . The university of Kioto is a comparatively new institution and has not given any signs of great vitality . In 1909 its colleges numbered four: law, medicine, literature and science; its faculty consisted of about 6o professors with 7o assistants, and its students aggregated about 1100 . Except in the cases specially indicated, all the figures given above are
See also:independent of private educational institutions . The system pursued by the state does not tend to encourage private education, for unless a private school brings its curriculum into exact
See also:accord with that prescribed for public institutions of corresponding grade, its students are denied the valuable
See also:privilege of partial exemption from conscription, as well as other advantages attaching to state recognition . Thus the quality of the instruction being nominally the same, the rate of fees must also be similar, and no margin offers to tempt private enterprise . Public education in Japan is strictly secular: no religious teaching of any kind is permitted in the schools . There are about 100
See also:libraries . Progress is marked in this branch, the rate of growth having been from 43 to 100 in the five-year period ended 1905 . The largest library is the Imperial, in Tokyo . It had about half a million volumes in 1909, and the daily average of visitors was about 430 .
Apart from the universities, the public educational institutions in Japan involve an annual expenditure of 31 millionssterling, out of which total a little more than half a million is met by students' fees; 21 millions are paid by the communes, and the remainder is defrayed from various sources, the central government contributing only some £28,000 . It is estimated that public school property—in land, buildings, books, furniture, &c., aggregates II millions sterling . The
See also:primitive religion of Japan is known by the name of Shinto, which signifies " the divine way," but the Japanese shtnto, maintain that this
See also:term is of comparatively modern application . The term Shinto being obviously of Chinese origin, cannot have been used in Japan before she became acquainted with the Chinese language . Now Buddhism did not reach Japan until the 6th century, and a knowledge of the Chinese language had preceded it by only a
See also:hundred years . It is therefore reasonable to conclude that the primitive religion of Japan had no name, and that it did not begin to be called Shinto until Buddhism had entered the
See also:field . The two creeds remained distinct, though not implacably antagonistic, until the beginning of the 9th century, when they were welded together into a system of doctrine to which the name Ryobu-Shinto (dual Shint(i) was given . In this new creed the Shinto deities were regarded as avatars of Buddhist divinities, and thus it may be said that Shinto was absorbed into Buddhism . Probably that would have been the
See also:fate of the indigenous creed in any circumstances, for a religion without a theory as to a future state and without any
See also:code of moral duties could scarcely hope to survive contact with a faith so well equipped as Buddhism in these respects . But Shinto, though absorbed, was not obliterated . Its beliefs survived; its shrines survived; its festivals survived, and something of its
See also:rites survived also . Shinto, indeed, may be said to be entwined about the roots of Japan's national existence .
Its scripture—as the Kojiki must be considered—resembles theBible in that both begin with the cosmogony . But it represents the gods as peopling the newly created
See also:earth with their own offspring instead of with human beings expressly made for the purpose . The actual work of creation was done by a male deity, Izanagi, and a female deity, Izanami . From the right
See also:eye of the former was
See also:born Amaterasu, who became goddess of the
See also:sun; from his
See also:left eye, the
See also:god of the
See also:moon; and from his
See also:nose, a
See also:species of Lucifer . The
See also:grandson of the sun goddess was the first sovereign of Japan, and his descendants have ruled the land in unbroken succession ever since, the 121st being on the
See also:throne in 1909 . Thus it is to Amaterasu (the
See also:illuminating goddess) that the Japanese pay reverence above all other deities, and it is to her
See also:shrine at Ise that pilgrims chiefly
See also:flock . The
See also:story of creation, as related in the Kojiki, is obviously based on a belief that force is indestructible, and that every exercise of it is productive of some permanent result . Thus by the motions of the creative spirit there
See also:spring into existence all the elements that go to make up the universe, and these, being of divine origin, are worshipped and propitiated . Their number becomes immense when we add the deified ghosts of ancestors who were descended from the gods and whose names are associated with great deeds . These ancestors are often regarded as the tutelary deities of districts, where they receive special homage and where shrines are erected to them . The method of worship consists in making offerings and in the recital. of rituals (norito) . Twenty-seven of these rituals were reduced to writing and em-bodied in a work called Engishiki (927) .
See also:antique language, these liturgies are designed for the dedication of shrines, for propitiating evil, for entreating blessings on the
See also:harvest, for
See also:purification, for obtaining
See also:household security, for bespeaking
See also:protection during a
See also:journey, and so forth . Nowhere is any reference found to a future state of reward or punishment, to deliverance from evil, to assistance in the path of virtue . One ceremonial only is designed to avert the consequences of sin or
See also:crime; namely, the rite of purification, which, by washing with
See also:water and by the sacrifice of valuables, removes the pollution resulting from all wrong-doing . Originally performed on behalf of individuals, this o-barai ultimately came to be a semi-annual ceremony for sweeping away the sins of all the people . Shinto is thus a mixture of ancestor-worship and of nature-worship without any explicit code of morals . It regards human beings as virtuous by nature; assumes that each man's
See also:conscience is his best
See also:guide; and while believing in a continued existence beyond the grave, entertains no theory as to its pleasures or pains . Those that pass away become disembodied
See also:spirits, inhabiting the world of darkness (yomi-no-yo) and possessing power to bring sorrow or joy into the lives of their survivors, on which account they are worshipped and propitiated . Purity and simplicity being essential characteristics of the cult, its shrines are built of
See also:wood, absolutely without decorative features of any kind, and fashioned as were the original huts of the first Japanese settlers . There are no graven images—a fact attributed by some critics to
See also:ignorance of the glyptic art on the part of the original worshippers—but there is an emblem of the deity, which generally takes the form of a sword, a
See also:mirror or a so-called
See also:jewel, these being the insignia handed by the sun goddess to her grandson, the first ruler of Japan . This emblem is not exposed to public view: it is enveloped in silk and
See also:brocade and enclosed in a box at the back of the shrine . The mirror sometimes prominent is a Buddhist innovation and has nothing to do with the true emblem of the creed . From the 9th century, when Buddhism absorbed Shinto, the two grew together so intimately that their differentiation seemed hopeless .
But in the middle of the 17th century a strong revival of the indigenous faith was effected by the efforts of a
See also:group of illustrious scholars and politicians, at whose head stood Mabuchi, Motoori and Hirata . These men applied themselves with great
See also:diligence and acumen to reproduce the pure Shinto of the Kojiki and to restore it to its old place in the nation's reverence, their political purpose being to educate a spirit of revolt against the feudal system which deprived the emperor of administrative power . The principles thus revived became the basis of the restoration of 1867; Shinto rites and Shinto rituals were re-adopted, and Buddhism fell for a
See also:season into
See also:comparative disfavour, Shinto being regarded as the national religion . But Buddhism had twined its roots too deeply around the heart of the people to be thus easily torn up . It gradually recovered its old place, though not its old magnificence, for its disestablishment at the hands of the Meiji government robbed it of a large part of its revenues . Buddhism entered China at the beginning of the Christian era, but not until the 4th century did it obtain any strong footing . Thence, two centuries later (522), it reached Japan Buddhism. through Korea . The reception extended to it was not encouraging at first . Its images and its brilliant appurtenances might well deter a nation which had never seen an idol nor ever worshipped in a decorated temple . But the ethical teachings and the
See also:positive doctrines of the foreign faith presented an attractive contrast to the colourless Shinto . After a struggle, not without bloodshed, Buddhism won its way . It owed much to the active patronage of Shotoku taishi,
See also:regent during the reign of the empress Suiko (593–62 I) .
At his command many new temples were built; the country was divided into dioceses under Buddhist prelates; priests were encouraged to teach the arts of road-making and
See also:bridge-building, and students were sent to China to investigate the mysteries of the faith at its supposed fountain-head . Between the middle of the 7th century and that of the 8th, six sects were introduced from China, all imperfect and all based on the teachings of the Hinayana system . Up to this time the propagandists of the creed had been chiefly Chinese and Korean teachers . But from the 8th century on-wards, when Kioto became the permanent capital of the empire, Japanese priests of lofty intelligence and profound piety began to repair to China and bring thence modified forms of the doctrines current there . It was thus that Dengyo daishi (c . 800) became the founder of the Tendai (heavenly tranquillity)
See also:sect and Kobo daishi (774–834) the apostle of the Shingon (true word) . Other sects followed, until the country possessed six principal sects in all with
See also:thirty-seven sub-sects . It must be remembered that Buddhism offers an almost limitless field' for
See also:eclecticism . There is not in the world any literary production of such magnitude as the Chinese scriptures of the
See also:Mahayana . " The
See also:canon is seven hundred times the amount of the New Testament . Hsuan Tsang's
See also:translation of the Prajna paramita is twenty-five times as large as the whole Christian Bible." It is natural that out of such a mass of doctrine different systems should be elaborated . The Buddhism that came to Japan
See also:prior to the days of Dengyo daishi was that of the Vaipulya school, which seems to have been accepted in its entirety .
But the Tendai doctrines, introduced by Dengyo, Iikaku and other
See also:fellow-thinkers, though founded mainly on the Saddharma pundarika, were subjected to the
See also:process of eclecticism which all foreign institutions undergo at Japanese hands . Dengyo studied it in the monastery of Tientai which " had been founded towards the close of the 6th century of our era on a lofty range of mountains in the province of Chehkiang by the celebrated preacher Chikai " (Lloyd, " Developments of Japanese Buddhism," Transactions of the
See also:Asiatic Society of Japan, vol. xxii.), and carrying it to Japan he fitted its disciplinary and meditative methods to the
See also:foundations of the sects already existing there . This eclecticism was even more marked in the case of the Shingon (true word) doctrines, taught by DengyO's illustrious contemporary, Kobo daishi, who was regarded as the incarnation of Vairocana . He led his countrymen, by a path almost wholly his own, from the comparatively low platform of Hinayana Buddhism, whose sole aim is individual salvation, to the Mahayana doctrine, which teaches its devotee to strive after perfect enlightenment, not for his own sake alone, but also that he may help his
See also:fellows and intercede for them . Then followed the Jodo (Pure Land) sect, introduced in 1153 by a
See also:priest, Senku, who is remembered by later generations as Honen shonin . He taught salvation by faith ritualistically expressed . The virtue that saves comes, not from imitation of and conformity to the
See also:person and character of the saviour Amida, but from blind
See also:trust in his efforts and ceaseless repetition of pious formulae . It is really a religion of despair rather than of hope, and in that respect it reflects the profound sympathy awakened in the bosom of its teacher by the sorrows and sufferings of the troublous times in which he lived . A favourite pupil of Honen shonin was Shinran (1173-1262) . He founded the Jodo Shinshu (true sect of judo), commonly called simply Shinshu and sometimes Monto, which subsequently became the most influential of Japanese sects, with its splendid monasteries, the two Hongwana-ji in KiOto . The differences between the doctrines of this sect and those of its predecessors were that the former " divested itself of all
See also:meta-physics "; knew nothing of a philosophy of religion, dispensed with a multiplicity of acts of devotion and the keeping of many commandments; did not impose any vows of celibacy or any renunciation of the world, and simply made faith in Amida the all in all . In modern days the Shinshu sect has been the most progressive of all Buddhist sects and has freely sent forth its promising priests to study in Europe and America .
Its devotees make no use of charms or spells, which are common among the followers of other sects . Anterior by a few years to that introduction of the Shinshu was the Zen sect, which has three main divisions, the Rinzai (1168), theSoto (1223) and the Obaku (1650) . This is essentially a contemplative sect . Truth is reached by pure contemplation, and knowledge can be transmitted from heart to heart without the use of words . In that
See also:simple form the doctrine was accepted by the Rinzai believers . But the founders of the Soto branch—Shoyo taishi and Butsuji zenshi—added scholarship and re-
See also:search to contemplation, and taught that the " highest wisdom and the most perfect enlightenment are attained when all the elements of phenomenal existence are recognized as empty, vain and unreal." This creed played an important part in the development of Bushido, and its priests have always been distinguished for erudition and indifference to worldly possessions . Last but not least important among Japanese sects of Buddhism is the Nichiren or Hokke, called after its founder, Nichiren (1222-1282) . It was based on the Saddharma pundarika, and it taught that there was only one true Buddha—the moon in theheavens—the other Buddhas being like the moon reflected in the
See also:waters, transient, shadowy reflections of the Buddha of truth . It is this being who is the source of all phenomenal existence, and in whom all phenomenal existence has its being . The imperfect Buddhism teaches a chain of cause and effect; true Buddhism teaches that the first
See also:link in this chain of cause and effect is the Buddha of original enlightenment . When this point has been reached true wisdom has at length been attained . Thus the monotheistic faith of
See also:Christianity was virtually reached in one God in whom all creatures " live, move and have their being." It will readily be conceived that these varied doctrines caused dissension and strife among the sects professing them .
Sectarian controversies and squabbles were nearly as prominent among Japanese Buddhists as they were among European Christians, but to the
See also:credit of Buddhism it has to be recorded that the stake and the
See also:rack never found a place among its
See also:instruments of self-assertion . On the other
See also:hand, during the wars that devastated Japan from the 12th to the end of the 16th century, many of the monasteries became military camps, and the monks, wearing
See also:armour and wielding glaives, fought in secular as well as religious causes . The story. of the first Christian missionaries to Japan is told else-where (see § VIII . FOREIGN INTERCOURSE) . Their work suffered an interruption for more than 200 years until, in 1858, christlanity almost simultaneously with the conclusion of the In Modern
See also:treaties, a small
See also:band of Catholic fathers entered Japan Japan. from the Riukiu islands, where they had carried on their ministrations since 1846 . They found that, in the neighbour-
See also:hood of
See also:Nagasaki, there were some small communities where Christian worship was still carried on . It would seem that these communities had not been subjected to any severe official scrutiny . But the arrival of the fathers revived the old question, and the native Christians, or such of them as refused to' apostatize, were removed from their homes and sent into banishment . This was the last example of religious intolerance in Japan . At the instance of the foreign representatives in Tokyo the exiles were set at liberty in 1873, and from that time complete freedom of conscience existed in fact, though it was not declared by law until the promulgation of the constitution in 1889 . In 1905 there were 6o,000
See also:Roman Catholic converts in Japan forming 36o congregations, with 130 missionaries and 215 teachers, including 145 nuns . These were all European .
They were assisted by 32 Japanese priests, 52 Japanese nuns, 280 male catechists and 265 female catechists and nurses . Three seminaries for native priests existed, together with 58 schools and
See also:orphan-ages and two lepers' homes . The whole was presided over by an archbishop and three bishops . The
See also:Anglican Church was established in Japan in 1859 by two
See also:American clergymen who settled in Nagasaki, and now, in
See also:con-junction with the Episcopal Churches of America and
See also:Canada, it has
See also:missions collectively designated Nihon Sei-Kokai . There are 6 bishops—2 American and 4 English—with about 6o foreign and 50 Japanese priests and deacons, besides many foreign
See also:lay workers of both sexes and Japanese catechists and school teachers . The converts number 11,000 . The
See also:Protestant missions include Presbyterian (Nihon Kirisuto Kyokai), Congregational (Kumi-ai), Methodist, Baptist and the Salvation Army (Kyusei-
See also:gun) . The
See also:pioneer Protestant
See also:mission was founded in 1859 by representatives of the American Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed Churches . To this mission belongs the credit of having published, in 188o, the first complete Japanese version of the New Testament, followed by the Old Testament in 1887 . The Presbyterians, representing 7 religious
See also:societies, have over a hundred missionaries; 12,400 converts; a number of boarding schools for boys and girls and day schools . The Congregational churches are associated exclusively with the mission of the American
See also:board of commissioners for foreign missions . They have about 11,400 converts, and the largest Christian educational institution in Japan, namely, the DOshisha in Kioto .
The Methodists represent 6 American societies and i
See also:Canadian . They have 130 missionaries and ro,000 converts; boarding schools, day schools, and the most important Christian college in Tokyo, namely, the Awoyama Gaku-in . The
See also:Baptists represent 4 American societies; have 6o missionaries, a theological seminary, an academy for boys, boarding schools for girls, day schools and 3500 converts . The Salvation Army, which did not enter Japan until 1895, has organized 15
See also:corps, and publishes ten thousand copies of a fort-nightly
See also:magazine, the War Cry (Toki no Koe) . Finally, the Society of Friends, the American and London Religious
See also:Tract Societies and the Young Men's Christian Association have a number of missions: It will be seen from the above that the missionaries in Japan, in the space of half a century (1858 to 1908), had won 110,000 converts, in round numbers . To these must be added the Orthodox
See also:Russian Church, which has a
See also:cathedral in Tokyo, a
See also:staff of about 40 Japanese priests and deacons and 27,000 converts, the whole presided over by a
See also:bishop . Thus the total number of converts becomes 137,000 . In spite of the numerous sects represented in Japan there has been virtually no sectarian strife, and it may be said of the Japanese converts that they concern themselves scarcely at all about the subtleties of
See also:dogma which
See also:divide European Christianity . Their tendency is to consider only the practical aspects of the faith as a moral and ethical guide . They are disposed, also, to adapt the creed to their own requirements just as they adapted Buddhism, and this is a disposition which promises to grow . Foreign Intercourse in Early and
See also:Medieval Times.—There can be no doubt that commerce was carried on by Japan with China and Korea earlier that the 8th century of the Christian era . It would appear that from the very outset over-sea trade was regarded as a government monopoly .
Foreigners were allowed to travel freely in the interior of the country provided that they submitted their baggage for official inspection and made no purchases of weapons of war, but all imported goods were bought in the first place by official appraisers who subsequently sold them to the people at arbitrarily fixed prices . Greater importance attached to the trade with China under the Ashikaga shoguns (14th, 15th and 16th centuries), who were in constant need of funds to defray the cost of inter-minable military operations caused by
See also:civil disturbances . In this
See also:distress they turned to the neighbouring empire as a source from which money might be obtained . This idea seems to have been suggested to the shogun Takauji by a Buddhist priest, when he undertook the construction of the temple Tenryu-ji . Two ships laden with goods were fitted out, and it was decided that the enterprise should be repeated annually . Within a few years after this development of commercial relations between the two empires, an interruption occurred owing partly to the overthrow of the Yuen
See also:Mongols by the Chinese Ming, and partly to the activity of Japanese pirates and adventurers who raided the coasts of China . The shogun Yoshimitsu (1368-1394), however, succeeded in restoring commercial intercourse, though in order to effect his object he consented that goods sent from Japan should bear the character of tribute and that he himself should receive
See also:investiture at the hands of the Chinese emperor's
See also:ambassador . The
See also:Nanking government granted a certain number of commercial passports, and these were given by the shogun to Ouchi, feudal chief of Cho-shu, which had long been the principal
See also:port for trade with the neighbouring empire . Tribute goods formed only a small fraction of a vessel's cargo: the bulk consisted of articles which were delivered into the government's stores in China, payment being received in copper
See also:cash . It was from this transaction that the shogun derived a consider-able part of his profits, for the articles did not cost him anything originally, being either presents from the great temples and provincial
See also:governors or compulsory contributions from the house of Ouchi . As for the gifts by the Chinese government and the goods shipped in China, they were arbitrarily distributed among the noble families in Japan at prices fixed by the shogun's assessor . Thus, so far as the shogun was concerned, these enterprises could not fail to be lucrative .
They also brought large profits to the Ouchi family, for, in the absence of competition, the pro-ducts and manufactures of each country found readysale in the markets of the other . The articles found most suitable in China were swords, fans, screens, lacquer wares, copper and
See also:agate, and the goods brought back to Japan were brocade and other silk fabrics, ceramic productions, jade and fragrant woods . The Chinese seem to have had a just appreciation of the wonderful swords of japan . At first they were willing to pay the
See also:equivalent of 12 guineas for a pair of
See also:blades, but by degrees, as the Japanese began to increase the supply, the price fell, and at the beginning of the 16th century all the
See also:diplomacy of the Japanese envoys was needed to obtain
See also:good figures for the large and constantly growing quantity of goods that they took over by way of supplement to the tribute . Buddhist priests generally enjoyed the distinction of being selected as envoys, for experience showed that their subtle reasoning invariably overcame the economical scruples of the Chinese authorities and secured a fine profit for their master, the shogun . In the middle of the16th century these tribute-bearing missions came to an end with the ruin of the Ouchi family and the overthrow of the Ashikaga shoguns, and they were never renewed . Japan's medieval commerce with Korea was less ceremonious than that with China . No passports had to be obtained from the Korean government . A trader was sufficiently With equipped when he carried a permit from the So Korea family, which held the
See also:island of Tsushima in fief . Fifty vessels were allowed to pass yearly from ports in Japan to the three Japanese settlements in Korea . Little is recorded about the nature of this trade, but it was rudely interrupted by the Japanese settlers, who, offended at some arbitrary procedure on the part of the local Korean authorities, took up arms (A.o . 1510) and at first signally routed the Koreans .
An army from
See also:Seoul turned the tables, and the Japanese were compelled to abandon the three settlements . Subsequently the shogun's government—which had not been concerned in the struggle—approached Korea with amicable proposals, and it was agreed that the ringleaders of the raiders should be decapitated and their heads sent to Seoul, Japan's compliance with this condition affording, perhaps, a measure of the value she attached to neighbourly friend:
See also:hip . Thenceforth the number of vessels was limited to 25 annually and the settlements were abolished . Some years later, the Japanese again resorted to violent acts of self-assertion, and on this occasion, although the offenders were arrested by order of the shogun Yoshiharu, and handed over to Korea for punishment, the Seoul court persisted in declining to restore the system of settlements or to allow the trade to be resumed on its former basis . Fifty years afterwards the taiko's armies invaded Korea, overrunning it for seven years, and leaving, when they retired in 1598, a country so impoverished that it no longer offered any attraction to commercial enterprise from beyond the sea . The Portuguese discovered Japan by accident in 1542 or 1543 —the exact date is uncertain . On a voyage to Macao from Siam, a
See also:junk carrying three Portuguese was blown from with her course and fetched Tanegashima, a small Occidental island lying south of the province of Satsuma . Nations . The Japanese, always hospitable and inquisitive, welcomed the newcomers and showed special curiosity about the arquebuses carried by the Portuguese,
See also:fire-arms being then a novelty in Japan and all weapons of war being in great
See also:request . Conversation was impossible, of course, but, by tracing ideographs upon the sand, a Chinese member of the
See also:crew succeeded in explaining the cause of the junk's arrival . She was then piloted to a more commodious
See also:harbour, and the Portuguese sold two arquebuses to the local feudatory, who immediately ordered his armourer to manufacture similar weapons . Very soon the
See also:news of the
See also:discovery reached all the Portuguese settlements in the East, and at least seven expeditions were fitted out during the next few years to exploit this new market .
See also:objective points were all in the island of Kiushiu—the principal stage where the drama—ultimately converted into a tragedy—of Christian propagandism and European commercial intercourse was acted in the
See also:interval between 1542 and 1637 . It does not appear that the
See also:Jesuits at Macao,
See also:Goa or other centres of Portuguese influence in the East took immediate
See also:advantage of the discovery of Japan . The pioneer Arrive/of propagandist was
See also:Xavier, who landed at the Jesuits . Kagoshima on the 15th of
See also:August 1549 . During the interval of six (or seven) years that separated this event from the drifting of the junk to Tanegashima, the Portuguese had traded freely in the ports of Kiushiu, had visited Kioto, and had reported the Japanese capital to be a city of 96,000 houses, therefore larger than
See also:Lisbon . Xavier would certainly have gone to Japan even though he had not been specially encouraged, for the reports of his countrymen depicted the Japanese as " very desirous of being instructed," and he longed to find a field more promising than that inhabited by " all these
See also:Indian nations, barbarous, vicious and without inclination to virtue." There were, however, two special determinants . One was a request addressed by a feudatory, supposed to have been the chief of the Bungo fief, to the
See also:viceroy of the Indies at Goa; the other, an
See also:appeal made in person by a Japanese named Yajiro, whom the fathers spoke of as Anjiro, and who subsequently attained celebrity under his baptismal name, Paul of the
See also:holy faith . No credible reason is historically assigned for the action of the Japanese feudatory . Probably his curiosity had been excited by accounts which the Portuguese traders gave of the noble devotion of their country's missionaries, and being entirely without bigotry, as nearly all Japanese were at that epoch, he issued the invitation partly out of curiosity and partly from a sincere desire for progress . Anjiro's case was very different . Labouring under stress of repentant zeal, and fearful that his evil acts might entail murderous consequences, he sought an
See also:asylum abroad, and was taken away in 1548 by a Portuguese vessel whose master advised him to repair to Malacca for the purpose of confessing to Xavier . This might well have seemed to the Jesuits a providential
See also:dispensation, for Anjiro, already able to speak Portuguese, soon mastered it sufficiently to interpret for Xavier and his fellow-missionaries (without which aid they must have remained long helpless in the face of the immense difficulty of the Japanese language), and to this linguistic skill he added extraordinary gifts of intelligence and memory .
Xavier, with two Portuguese companions and Anjiro, were excellently received by the feudal chiefs of Satsuma and obtained permission to preach their doctrine in any part of the fief . This permit is not to be construed as an evidence of official sympathy with the foreign creed . Commercial considerations alone were in question . A Japanese feudal chief in that era had sedulously to
See also:foster every source of wealth or strength, and as the newly opened trade with the
See also:outer world seemed full of
See also:golden promise, each feudatory was not less anxious to secure a monopoly of it in the 16th century than the Ashikaga shoguns had been in the 15th . The Satsuma daimyo was led to believe that the presence of the Jesuits in Kagoshima would certainly prelude the advent of trading vessels . But within a few months one of the expected merchantmen sailed to
See also:Hirado without touching at Kagoshima, and her example was followed by two others in the following year, so that the Satsuma chief saw himself flouted for the sake of a petty
See also:rival, Matsudaira of Hirado . This fact could not fail to provoke his resentment . But there was another influence at work . Buddhism has always been a tolerant religion, eclectic rather than exclusive . Xavier, however, had all the bigoted intolerance of his time . The Buddhist priests in Kagoshima received him with courtesy and listened respectfully to the doctrines he expounded through the mouth of Anjiro . Xavier rejoined with a display of aggressive intolerance which shocked and alienated the Buddhists .
They represented to the Satsuma chief that peace and good order were inconsistent with such a display of militant propagandism, and he, already profoundly chagrined by his commercial disappointment, issued in 1550 anedict making it a capital offence for any of his vassals to embrace Christianity . Xavier, or, more correctly speaking, Anjiro, had won 150 converts, who remained without molestation, but Xavier himself took ship for Hirado . There he was received with salvoes of
See also:artillery by the Portuguese merchantmen lying in the harbour and with marks of profound respect by the Portuguese traders, a display which induced the local chief to issue orders that courteous
See also:attention should be paid to the teaching of the foreign missionaries . In ten days a hundred baptisms took place; another significant
See also:index of the
See also:mood of the Japanese in the early era of Occidental intercourse: the men in authority always showed a complaisant attitude towards Christianity where trade could be fostered by so doing, and wherever the men in authority showed such an attitude, considerable numbers of the lower orders embraced the foreign faith . Thus, in considering the commercial history of the era, the element of religion constantly thrusts itself into the foreground . Xavier next resolved to visit KiOto . The first
See also:town of impor-Phst visit tance he reached on the way was Yamaguchi, capital of Europeans of the Choshu fief, situated on the
See also:shore to !
See also:alto. of the Shimonoseki Strait . There the feudal chief, Ouchi, though sufficiently courteous and inquisitive, showed fi Yno special cordiality towards humble missionaries unconnected with commerce, and the work of proselytizing made no progress, so that Xavier and his
See also:Fernandez, pushed on to KiOto . The time was
See also:mid-winter; the two fathers suffered terrible privations during their journey of two months on
See also:foot, and on reaching Kioto they found a city which had been almost wholly reduced to ruins by internecine war . Necessarily they failed to obtain
See also:audience of either emperor or shogun, at that time the most inaccessible potentates in the world, the Chinese " son of heaven " excepted, and nothing remained but street preaching, a
See also:strange resource, seeing that Xavier, constitutionally a
See also:bad linguist, had only a most rudimentary acquaintance with the profoundly difficult
See also:tongue in which he attempted to expound the mysteries of a novel creed . A fortnight sufficed to convince him that KiOto was unfruitful
See also:soil . He therefore returned to Yamaguchi .
But he had now learned alesson . He saw that propagandism without
See also:scrip or staff and without the countenance of those sitting in the seats of power would be futile in Japan . So he obtained from Hirado his canonicals, together with a
See also:clock and other novel products of European skill, which, as well as
See also:credentials from the viceroy of India, the
See also:governor of Malacca and the bishop of Goa, he presented to the Choshu chief . His prayer for permission to preach Christianity was now readily granted, and Ouchi issued a proclamation announcing his approval of the introduction of the new religion and according perfect liberty to embrace it . Xavier and Fernandez now made many converts . They also gained the valuable knowledge that the road to success in Japan lay in associating themselves with over-sea commerce and its
See also:directors, and in thus winning the co-operation of the feudal chiefs . Nearly ten years had now elapsed since the first Portuguese landed in Kagoshima, and during that time trade had gone on steadily and prosperously . No attempt was made Christian to find markets in the main island: the Portuguese Propagandists. confined themselves to Kiushiu for two reasons: one, that having no knowledge of the coasts, they hesitated to
See also:risk their ships and their lives in unsurveyed waters; the other, that whereas the main island, almost from end to end, was seething with internecine war, Kiushiu remained beyond the
See also:pale of disturbance and enjoyed comparative tranquillity . At the time of Xavier's second sojourn in Yamaguchi, a Portuguese ship happened to be visiting Bungo, and at its master's
See also:suggestion the great missionary proceeded thither, with the intention of returning temporarily to the Indies . At Bungo there was then ruling Otomo, second in power to only the Satsuma chief among the feudatories of Kiushiu . By him the Jesuit father was received with all honour . Xavier did not now neglect the lesson he had learned in Yamaguchi .
He repaired to the Bungo chieftain's court, escorted by nearly the whole of the Portuguese crew, gorgeously bedizened, carrying their arms and withbanners flying . Otomo, a young and ambitious ruler, was keenly anxious to attract foreign traders with their
See also:rich cargoes and puissant weapons of war . Witnessing the reverence paid to Xavier by the Portuguese traders, he appreciated the importance of gaining the
See also:goodwill of the Jesuits, and accordingly not only granted them full freedom to teach and preach, but also enjoined upon his younger brother, who, in the sequel of a sudden
See also:rebellion, had succeeded to the lordship of Yamaguchi, the advisability of extending protection to Torres and Fernandez, then sojourning there . After some four months' stay in Bungo, Xavier set
See also:sail for Goa in
See also:February 1552 .
See also:Death overtook him in the last month of the same year . Xavier's departure from Japan marked the conclusion of the first epoch of Christian propagandism . His sojourn in Japan extended to 27 months . In that time he and his coadjutors won about 76o converts . In Satsuma more than a year's labour produced 150 believers . There Xavier had the assistance of Anjiro to expound his doctrines . No language lends itself with greater difficulty than Japanese to the discussion of theological questions . The terms necessary for such a purpose are not current among laymen, and only by special II study, which, it need scarcely be said, must be preluded by an accurate acquaintance with the tongue itself, can a man hope to become duly equipped for the task of exposition and dissertation .
It is open to grave doubt whether any foreigner has ever attained the requisite proficiency . Leaving Anjiro in Kagoshima to care for the converts made there, Xavier pushed on to Hirado, where he baptized a hundred Japanese in a few days . Now we have it on the authority of Xavier himself that in this Hirado
See also:campaign " none of us knew Japanese." How then did they proceed ? "By reciting a semi-Japanese volume " (a translation made by Anjiro of a
See also:treatise from Xavier's
See also:pen) " and by delivering sermons, we brought several over to the Christian cult." Sermons preached in Portuguese or Latin to a Japanese audience on the island of Hirado in the year 1550 can scarcely have attracted intelligent interest . On his first visit to Yamaguchi, Xavier's means of access to the understanding of his hearers was confined to the rudimentary knowledge of Japanese which Fernandez had been able to acquire in 14 months, a period of study which, in modern times, with all the
See also:aids now procurable, would not suffice to carry a student beyond the margin of the colloquial . No converts were won . The people of Yamaguchi probably admired the splendid faith and devotion of these over-sea philosophers, but as for their doctrine, it was unintelligible . In KiOto the same experience was repeated, with an addition of much
See also:physical hardship . But when the Jesuits returned to Yamaguchi in the early autumn of 1551, they baptized 500 persons, including several members of the military class . Still Fernandez with his broken Japanese was the only medium for communicating the profound doctrines of Christianity . It must be concluded that the teachings of the missionaries produced much less effect than the attitude of the local chieftain . Only two missionaries, Torres and Fernandez, remained in Japan after the departure of Xavier, but they were soon joined Second by three others .
These newcomers landed at Kago-Period of shima and found that, in spite of the official veto Christian against theadoption of Christianity, the feudal chief Props" had lost nothing of his desire to foster foreign trade . gandistn . Two years later, all the Jesuits in Japan were assembled in Bungo . Their only church stood there; and they had also built two hospitals . Local disturbances had compelled them to withdraw from-Yamaguchi, not, however, before their violent disputes with the Buddhist priests in that town had induced the feudatory to proscribe the foreign religion, as had previously been done in Kagoshima . From Funai, the chief town of Bungo, the Jesuits began in 1579 to send yearly reports to their Generals in Rome . These reports, known as the Annual Letters, comprise some of the most valuable information available about the conditions then existing in Japan . They describe a state of abject poverty among the lower orders; poverty so cruel that the destruction of children by their famishing parents was an everyday occurrence, and in some instances choice had to be made between
See also:cannibalism and
See also:starvation . Such suffering becomes easily intelligible when the fact is recalled that Japan had been racked by civil war during more than 200 years, each feudal chief fighting for his own hand, to save or to extend his territorial possessions . From these Annual Letters it is possible also to gather a tolerably clear idea of the course of events during the years immediately subsequent to Xavier's departure . There was no break in the continuity of the newly inaugurated foreign trade . Portuguese ships visited Hirado as well as Bungo, and in those days their masters and crews not only attended scrupulously to their religious duties, but also showed such profound respect for the missionaries that the Japanese received constant object lessons in the influence wielded over the traders by the Jesuits .
Thirty years later, this orderly and reverential demeanour was exchanged for riotous excesses such as had already made the Portuguese sailor a by-word in China . But in the early days of intercourse with Japan the crews of the merchant vessels seem to have preached Christianity by their exemplary conduct . Just as Xavier had been induced to visit Bungo by the anxiety of a ship-captain for Christian ministrations, so in 1557 two of the fathers repaired to Hirado in obedience to the solicitations of Portuguese sailors . There the fathers, under the guidance of Vilela, sent
See also:brothers to
See also:parade the streets ringing bells and chaunting litanies; they organized bands of boys for the same purpose; they caused the converts, and even children, to flagellate themselves at a
See also:model of
See also:Calvary, and they worked miracles, healing the sick by contact with scourges or with a booklet in which Xavier had written litanies and prayers . It may well be imagined that such doings attracted surprised attention in Japan . They were supplemented by even more striking practices . For a sub-feudatory of the Hirado chief, having been converted, showed his zeal by destroying Buddhist temples and throwing down the idols, thus inaugurating a campaign of violence destined to mark the progress of Christianity throughout the greater part of its history in japan . There followed the overthrowing of a
See also:cross in the Christian cemetery, the burning of a temple in the town of Hirado, and a street riot, the sequel being that the Jesuit fathers were compelled to return once more to Bungo . It is essential to follow all these events, for not otherwise can a clear understanding be reached as to the aspects under which Christianity presented itself originally to the Japanese . The Portuguese traders, reverent as was their demeanour towards Christianity, did not allow their commerce to be interrupted by vicissitudes of propagandism . They still repaired to Hirado, and rumours of the wealth-begetting effects of their presence having reached the neighbouring fief of Omura, its chief, Sumitada, made overtures to the Jesuits in Bungo, offering a port free from all dues for ten years, a large tract of land, a residence for the missionaries and other privileges . The Jesuits hastened to take advantage of this proposal, and no sooner did the news reach Hirado than the feudatory of that island repented of having expelled the fathers and invited them to return .
But while they hesitated, a Portuguese vessel arrived at Hirado, and the feudal chief declared publicly that no need existed to conciliate the missionaries, since trade went on without them . When this became known in Bungo, Torres hastened to Hirado, was received with extraordinary honours by the crew of the vessel, and at his instance she left the port, her master declaring that " he could not remain in a country where they maltreated those who professed the same religion as himself." Hirado remained a closed port for some years, but ultimately the advent of three merchantmen, which intimated their determination not to put in unless the
See also:ban was removed, induced the feudal chief to receive the Jesuits. once more . This incident was paralleled a few years later in the island of
See also:Amakusa, where a petty feudatory, in order to attract foreign trade, as the missionaries themselves frankly explain, embraced Christianity and ordered all his vassals to follow his example; but when no Portuguese ship appeared, he apostatized, required his subjects to revert to Buddhism and made the missionaries withdraw . In fact, the competition for the patronage of Portuguese traders was so keen that the Hirado feudatory attempted to
See also:burn several of their vessels because they frequented the territorial waters of his neighbour and rival, Sumitada . The latter became a most stalwart Christian when his wish was gratified . He set himself to eradicate
See also:idolatry throughout his fief with the strong
See also:arm, and his fierce intolerance provoked results which ended in the destruction of the Christian town at the newly opened free port . Sumitada, however, quickly reasserted his authority, and five years later (1567), he took a step which had far-reaching consequences, namely, the building of a church at Nagasaki, in order that Portuguese commerce might have a centre and the Christians an assured asylum . Nagasaki was then a little fishing
See also:village . In five years it grew to be a town of thirty thousand inhabitants, and Sumitada became one of the richest of the Kiushiu feudatories . When in 1573 successful conflicts with the neighbouring fiefs brought him an access of territory, he declared that he owed these victories to the influence of the Christian God, and shortly afterwards he publicly proclaimed banishment for all who would not accept the foreign faith . There were then no Jesuits by his side, but immediately two hastened to join him, and " these, accompanied by a strong guard, but yet not without danger of their lives, went round causing the churches of the Gentiles, with their idols, to be thrown to the ground, while three Japanese Christians went preaching the law of God everywhere . Three of us who were in the neighbouring kingdoms all withdrew therefrom to work in this abundant harvest, and in the space of seven months twenty thousand persons were baptized, including the bonzes of about sixty monasteries, except a few who quitted the State." In Bungo, however, where the Jesuits were originally so well received, it is doubtful whether Christian propagandism would not have ended in failure but for an event which occurred in 1576, namely, the conversion of the chieftain's son, a youth of some 16 years .
Two years later Otomo himself came over to the Christian faith . He rendered inestimable aid, not merely within his own fief, but also by the influence he exercised on others . His intervention, supported by recourse to arms, obtained for the Jesuits a footing on the island of Amakusa, where one of the feudatories gave his vassals the choice of con-version or
See also:exile, and announced to the Buddhist priests that unless they accepted Christianity their property would be confiscated and they themselves banished . Nearly the whole population of the fief did violence to their conscience for the sake of their homes . Christianity was then becoming established in Kiushiu by methods similar to those of
See also:Islam and the inquisition . Another notable
See also:illustration is furnished by the story of the Arima fief, adjoining that of Sumitada (Omura), where such resolute means had been adopted to force Christianity upon the vassals . Moreover, the heads of the two fiefs were brothers . Accordingly, at the time of Sumitada's very dramatic conversion, the Jesuits were invited to Arima and encouraged to form settlements at the ports of Kuchinotsu and Shimabara, which thenceforth began to be frequented by Portuguese merchantmen . The fief naturally became involved in the turmoil resulting from Sumitada's iconoclastic methods of propagandism; but, in 1576, the then ruling feudatory, influenced largely by the object lesson of Sumitada's prosperity and puissance, which that chieftain openly ascribed to the tutelary aid of the Christian deity, accepted
See also:baptism and became the " Prince Andrew " of missionary records . It is written in those records that " the first thing Prince Andrew did after his baptism was to convert the chief temple of his capital into a church, its revenues being assigned for the maintenance of the building and the support of the missionaries . He then took measures to have the same thing done in the other towns of his fief, and he seconded the preachers of the
See also:gospel so well in everything else that he could flatter himself that he soon would not have one single idolater in his states." Thus in the two years that separated his baptism from his death, twenty thousand converts were won in Arima . But his successor was an enemy of the
See also:alien creed .
He ordered the Jesuits to quit his dominions, required the converts to return to their ancestral faith, and caused " the holy places to be destroyed and the crosses to be thrown down." Nearly one-half of the converts apostatized under this pressure, but others had recourse to a
See also:device of proved potency . They threatened to leave Kuchinotsu en masse, and as that would have involved the loss of foreign trade, the hostile edict was materially modified, To this same weapon the Christians owed a still more signal victory . For just at that time the great ship from Macao, now an annual visitor, arrived in Japanese waters carrying the visitor-general, Valegnani . She put into Kuchinotsu, and her presence, with its suggested eventualities, gave such satisfaction that the feudatory offered to accept baptism and to sanction its acceptance by his vassals . This did not satisfy Valegnani, a man of profound political sagacity . He saw that the fief was menaced by serious dangers at the hands of its neighbours, and seizing the psychological moment of its extreme peril, he used the secular arm so adroitly that the fief's
See also:chance of survival seemed to be limited to the unreserved adoption of Christianity . Thus, in 158o, the chieftain and his wife were baptized; " all the city was made Christian; they burned their idols and destroyed 40 temples, reserving some materials to build churches." Christian propagandism had now made substantial progress . The Annual Letter of 1582 recorded that at the close of 1581, thirty-two years after the landing of Xavier in Japan, there were about 150,000 converts, of whom some 125,000 were in Kiushiu and the remainder in Yamaguchi, Kioto and the neighbourhood of the latter city . The Jesuits in the empire then numbered 75, but down to the year 1563 there had never been more than 9, and down to 1577, not more than 18 . The harvest was certainly great in proportion to the number of sowers . But it was a harvest mainly of artificial growth; forced by the despotic insistence of feudal chiefs who possessed the power of life and death over their vassals, and were influenced by a desire to attract foreign trade . To the Buddhist priests .this
See also:movement of Christian propagandism had brought an experience hitherto unknown to them, persecution on account of creed .
They had suffered for interfering in politics, but the fiercecruelty of the Christian fanatic now became known for the first time to men themselves conspicuous for tolerance of
See also:heresy and receptivity of instruction . They had had no previous experience of humanity in the garb of an Otomo of Bungo, who, in the words of Crasset, " went to the
See also:chase of the bonzes as to that of
See also:wild beasts, and made it his singular pleasure to exterminate them from his states." In 1582 the first Japanese envoys sailed from Nagasaki for Europe . The
See also:embassy consisted of four youths, the
See also:oldest not more than r6, representing the fiefs of Arima, Omura First and Bungo . They visited Lisbon,
See also:Madrid and Rome, Japanese and in all these cities they were received with Embassy displays of magnificence such as 16th century to Europe . Europe delighted to make . That, indeed, had been the
See also:motive of Valegnani in organizing the mission: he desired to let the Japanese see with their own eyes how great were the riches and might of Western states . In the above statistics of converts at the close of 1581 mention is made of Christians in Kioto, though we have already seen that the visit by Xavier and Fernandez to that city was second wholly barren of results . A second visit, however, visit of made by Vilela in 1559, proved more successful . Jesuits He carried letters of recommendation from the toKtoto . Bungo chieftain, and the proximate cause of his journey was an invitation from a Buddhist priest in the celebrated monastery of Hiei-zan, who sought information about Christianity . This was before the razing of temples and the overthrow of idols had commenced in Kiushiu . On arrival at Hiei-zan, Vilela found that the Buddhist prior who had invited him was dead and that only a portion of the old man's authority had descended to his successor .
Nevertheless the Jesuit obtained an opportunity to expound his doctrines to a party of bonzes at the monastery . Subsequently, through the good offices of a priest, described as " one of the most respected men in the city," and with the assistance of the Bungo feudatory's letter, Vilela enjoyed the rare honour of being received by the shogun in Kioto, who treated him with all consideration and assigned a house for his residence . It may be imagined that, owing such a debt of gratitude to Buddhist priests, Vilela would have behaved towards them and their creed with courtesy . But the Jesuit fathers were proof against all influences calculated to impair their stern sense of duty . Speaking through the mouth of a Japanese convert, Vilela attacked the bonzes in unmeasured terms and denounced their faith . Soon the bonzes, on their side, were seeking the destruction of these uncompromising assailants with insistence inferior only to that which the Jesuits themselves would have shown in similar circumstances . Against these perils Vilela was protected by the goodwill of the shogun, who had already issued adecree threatening with death any one who injured the missionaries or obstructed their work . In spite of all difficulties and dangers these wonderful missionaries, whose courage, zeal and devotion are beyond all eulogy, toiled on resolutely and even recklessly, and such success attended their efforts that by 1564 many converts had been won and churches had been established in five walled towns within a distance of 50
See also:miles from Kioto . Among the converts were two Buddhist priests, notoriously hostile at the outset, who had been nominated as official commissioners to investigate and
See also:report upon the doctrine of Christianity . The first conversion en masse was due to pressure from above . A petty feudatory, Takayama, whose fief lay at Takatsuki in the neighbourhood of the capital, challenged Vilela to a public controversy, the result of which was that the Japanese acknowledged himself vanquished, embraced Christianity and invited his vassals as well as his family to follow his example . This man's son—Takayama Yusho—proved one of the stanchest supporters of Christianity in all Japan, and has been immortalized by the Jesuits under the name of Don Justo Ucondono .
Incidentally this event furnishes an index to the character of the Japanese samurai: he accepted the consequences of defeat as frankly as he dared it . In the same year (1564) the feudatory of Sawa, a brother of Takayama, became a Christian and imposed the faith on all his vassals, just as Sumitada and other feudal chiefs had done in Kiushiu . But the Kioto record differs from that of Kitishiu in one important respect—the former is free from any intrusion of commercial motives . Kioto was at that time thescene of sanguinary tumults, which culminated in the
See also:murder of the shogun (1565), and led to Nobunaga the issue of a decree by the emperor proscribing and the Christianity . In Japanese medieval history this JO8uit'. is one of the only two instances of Imperial interference with Christian propagandism . There is evidence that the edict was obtained at the instance of one of the shogun 's assassins and certain Buddhist priests . The Jesuits—their number had been increased to three—were obliged to take
See also:refuge in
See also:Sakai, now little more than a suburb of
See also:Osaka, but at that time a great and wealthy mart, and the only town in Japan which did not acknowledge the sway of any feudal chief . Three years later they were summoned thence to be presented to Oda Nobunaga, one of the greatest captains Japan has ever produced . In the very year of Xavier's landing at Kagoshima, Nobunaga had succeeded to his father's fief, a comparatively petty
See also:estate in the province of Owari . In 1568 he was seated in Kioto, a maker of shoguns and acknowledged ruler of 30 among the 66 provinces of Japan . Had Nobunaga, wielding such immense power, adopted a hostile attitude towards Christianity, the fires lit by the Jesuits in Japan must soon have been extinguished . Nobunaga, however, to great breadth and liberality of view added strong animosity towards Buddhist priests .
Many of the great monasteries had become armed camps, their inmates skilled equally in field-attacks and in thedefence of ramparts . One sect (the Nichiren), which was specially affected by the samurai, had
See also:lent powerful aid to the murderers of the shogun three years before Nobunaga's victories carried him to Kioto, and the armed monasteries constituted imperia in imperio which assorted
See also:ill with his ambition of complete supremacy . He therefore welcomed Christianity for the sake of its opposition to Buddhism, and when Takayama conducted Froez from Sakai to Nobunaga's presence, the reception accorded to the Jesuit was of the most cordial character . Throughout the fourteen years of life that remained to him, Nobunaga continued to be the constant friend of the missionaries in particular and of foreigners visiting Japan in general . He stood between the Jesuits and the Throne when, in reply to an appeal from the Buddhist priests, the emperor, for the second time, issued an anti-Christian decree (1568); he granted a site for a church and residence at Azuchi on Lake
See also:Biwa, where his new fortress stood; he addressed to various powerful feudatories letters signifying a desire for the spread of Christianity; he frequently made handsome presents to the fathers, and whenever they visited him he showed a degree of accessibility and graciousness very foreign to his usually haughty and imperious demeanour . The Jesuits themselves said of him: " This man seems to have been chosen by God to open and prepare the way for our faith." Nevertheless they do not appear to have entertained much hope at any time of converting Nobunaga . They must have under-stood that their doctrines had not made any profound impression on a man who could treat them as this potentate did in 1579, when he plainly showed that political exigencies might at anv moment induce him to sacrifice them.' His last
See also:act, too, proved that
See also:sacrilege was of no account in his eyes, for he took steps to have himself apotheosized at Azuchi with the utmost pomp and circumstance . Still nothing can obscure the benefits he heaped upon the propagandists of Christianity . The terrible tumult of domestic war through which Japan passed in the 15th and 16th centuries brought to her service three of the greatest men ever produced in Hideyoshi Occident or Orient . They were Oda Nobunaga, and the Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Iyeyasu . Christians . Hideyoshi, as Nobunaga's
See also:lieutenant, contributed largely to the building of the latter's fortunes, and, succeeding him in 1582, brought the whole 66 provinces of the empire under his own administrative sway .
For the Jesuits now the absorbing question was, what attitude Hideyoshi would assume towards their propagandism . His power was virtually limitless . With a word he could have overthrown the whole edifice created by them at the cost of so much splendid effort and noble devotion . They were very quickly reassured . In this
See also:matter Hideyoshi walked in Nobunaga's footsteps . He not only accorded a friendly audience to Father Organtino, who waited on him as representative of the Jesuits, but also he went in person to assign to the
See also:company a site for a church and a residence in Osaka, where there was presently to rise the most massive fortress ever built in the East . At that time many Christian converts were serving in high positions, and in 1584 the Jesuits placed it on record that " Hideyoshi was not only not opposed to the things of God, but he even showed that he made much account of them and preferred them to all the sects of the bonzes . . . . He is entrusting to Christians his treasures, his secrets and his for-tresses of most importance, and shows himself well pleased that the sons of the great lords about him should adopt our customs and our law." Two years later in Osaka he received with every mark of cordiality and favour a Jesuit mission which had come from Nagasaki seeking audience, and on that occasion his visitor recorded that he spoke of an intention of christianizing one half of Japan . Nor did Hideyoshi confine himself to words . He actually signed a patent licensing the missionaries to preach throughout all Japan, and exempting not only their houses and churches from the
See also:billeting of soldiers but also the priests them-selves from local burdens . This was in 1586, on the eve of Hideyoshi's greatest military enterprise, the invasion of Kiushiu and its complete reduction .
He carried that difficult campaign to completion by the middle of 1587, and throughout its course he maintained a uniformly friendly demeanour towards the Jesuits . But suddenly, when on the return journey he reached Hakata in the
See also:north of the island, his policy underwent a
See also:metamorphosis . Five questions were by his order propounded to the
See also:vice-provincial of the Jesuits: " Why and by what authority he and his fellow-propagandists had constrained Japanese subjects to become Christians ? Why they had induced their disciples and their sectaries to overthrow temples ? Why they persecuted the bonzes ? Why they and other Portuguese
See also:ate animals useful to men, such as oxen and cows ? Why the vice-provincial allowed merchants of his nation to buy Japanese to make slaves of them in the Indies?" To these queries Coelho, the vice-provincial, made answer that the missionaries had never themselves resorted, or incited, to violence in their propagandism or persecuted bonzes; that if their eating of
See also:beef were considered inadvisable, they would give up the practice; and that they were powerless to prevent or restrain the outrages perpetrated by their countrymen . Hideyoshi read the vice-provincial's reply and, without comment, sent him word to retire to Hirado, assemble all his followers there, and quit the country within six months . On the next day (
See also:July 25, 1587) the following edict was published: ' The problem was to induce the co-operation of a feudatory whose
See also:castle served for frontier guard to the fiet of a powerful chief, his suzerain . The feudatory was a Christian . Nobunaga seized the Jesuits in Kioto, and threatened to suppress their religion altogether unless they persuaded the feudatory to abandon the cause of his suzerain . " Having learned from our faithful councillors that foreign priests have come into our estates, where they preach a law contrary to that of Japan, and that they even had the audacity to destroy temples dedicated to our Kami and Hotoke; although the
See also:outrage merits the most extreme punishment, wishing nevertheless to show them mercy, we order them under
See also:pain of death to quit Japan within twenty days .
During that space no harm or hurt will be done to them . But at the expiration of that term, we order that if any of them be found in our states, they should be seized and punished as the greatest criminals . As for the Portuguese merchants, we permit them to enter our ports, there to continue their accustomed trade, and to remain in our states provided our affairs need this . But we forbid them to bring any foreign priests into the country, under the
See also:penalty of the confiscation of their ships and goods." How are we to account for this apparently rapid change of mood on the part of Hideyoshi ? Some historians insist that from the very outset he conceived the resolve of suppressing Christianity and expelling its propagandists, but that he concealed his design pending the subjugation of Kiushiu, lest, by premature action, he might weaken his hand for that enterprise . This hypothesis rests mainly on conjecture . Its formulators found it easier to believe in a hidden purpose than to attribute to a statesman so shrewd and far-seeing a sudden change of mind . A more reasonable theory is that, shortly before leaving Osaka for Kiushiu, Hideyoshi began to entertain doubts as to the expediency of tolerating Christian propagandism, and that his doubts were signally strengthened by direct observation of the state of affairs in Kiushiu . While still in Osaka, he one day remarked publicly that " he feared much that all the virtue of the European priests served only to conceal pernicious designs against the empire." There had been no demolishing of temples or overthrowing of images at Christian instance in the metropolitan provinces . In Kiushiu, however, very different conditions prevailed . There Christianity may be said to have been preached at the point of the sword . Temples and images had been destroyed wholesale; vassals in thousands had been compelled to embrace the foreign faith; and the missionaries them-selves had come to be treated as demi-gods whose nod was worth conciliating at any cost of self-abasement .
Brought into direct contact with these evidences of the growth of a new power, temporal as well as spiritual, Hideyoshi may well have reached the conclusion that a choice had to be finally made between his own supremacy and that of the alien creed, if not between theindependence of Japan and the yoke of the great Christian states of Europe . Hideyoshi gauged the character of the medieval Christians with sufficient accuracy to know that for the sake of their sequel of faith they would at any time defy the laws of the Edict the island . His estimate received immediate veriof Banish- fication, for when the Jesuits, numbering 1 zo, went. assembled at Hirado and received his order to embark at once they decided that only those should sail whose services were needed in China . The others remained and went about their duties as usual, under the protection of the converted feudatories . Hideyoshi, however, saw reason to wink at this disregard of his authority . At first he showed uncompromising
See also:resolution . All the churches in Kioto, Osaka and Sakai were demolished, while troops were sent to raze the Christian places of worship in Kiushiu and seize the port of Nagasaki . These troops were munificently dissuaded from their purpose by the Christian feudatories . But Hideyoshi did not protest, and in 1588 he allowed himself to be convinced by a Portuguese
See also:envoy that in the absence of missionaries foreign trade must cease, since without the intervention of the fathers peace and good order could not be maintained among the merchants . Rather than suffer the trade to be interrupted • Hideyoshi agreed to the coming of priests, and thenceforth, during some years, Christianity not only continued to flourish and grow in Kiushiu but also found a favourable field of operations in Kioto itself . Care was taken that Hideyoshi's attention should not be attracted by any salient evidences of what he had called a " diabolical religion," and thus for a time all went well . There is evidence that, like the feudal chiefs in Kiushiu, Hideyoshiset great
See also:store by foreign trade and would even have sacrificed to its maintenance and expansion something of the aversion he had conceived for Christianity .
He did indeed make one very large concession . For on being assured that Portuguese traders could not frequent Japan unless they found Christian priests there to minister to them, he consented to sanction the presence of a limited number of Jesuits . The statistics of 1595 show how Christianity fared under even this partial tolerance, for there were then 137 Jesuits in Japan with 300,000 converts, among whom were 17 feudal chiefs, to say nothing of many men of lesser though still considerablenote, and even not a few bonzes . For ten years after his unlooked-for order of expulsion, Hideyoshi preserved a tolerant mien . But in 1597 his forbearance gave place to a mood of uncompromising severity . Hideyoshrs The reasons of this second change are very clear, Final though diverse accounts have been transmitted . Attitude Up to 1593 the Portuguese had possessed a monopoly chrtst enity. of religious "propagandism and over-sea commerce in Japan . The privilege was secured to them by agreement between Spain and
See also:Portugal and by a papal bull . But the Spaniards in
See also:Manila had long looked with somewhat jealous eyes on this Jesuit reservation, and when news of the disaster of 1587 reached the Philippines, the
See also:Dominicans and
See also:Franciscans residing there were fired with zeal to enter an
See also:arena where the
See also:crown of martyrdom seemed to be the least reward within reach . The papal bull, however, demanded obedience, and to overcome that difficulty a ruse was necessary: the governor of Manila agreed to send a party of Franciscans as ambassadors to Hideyoshi . In that guise the friars, being neither traders nor propagandists, considered that they did not violate either the treaty or the bull . It was a technical subterfuge very unworthy of the object contemplated, and the friars supplemented it by
See also:swearing to Hideyoshi that the Philippines would submit to his sway .
Thus they obtained permission to visit Kioto, Osaka and Fushimi, but with the explicit proviso that they must not preach . Very soon they had built a church in Kioto, consecrated it with the. utmost pomp, and were preaching sermons and chaunting litanies there in flagrant
See also:defiance of Hideyoshi's veto . Presently their number received an access of three friars who came bearing gifts from the governor at Manila, and now they not only established a convent in Osaka, but also seized a Jesuit church in Nagasaki and converted the circumspect worship hitherto conducted there by the fathers into services of the most public character . Officially checked in Nagasaki, they charged the Jesuits in Kioto with having intrigued to impede them, and they further vaunted the courageous openness of their own ministrations as compared with the clandestine timidity of the methods which wise prudence had induced the Jesuits to adopt . Retribution would have followed quickly had not Hideyoshi's attention been engrossed by an attempt to invade China through Korea . At this stage, however, a memorable incident occurred . Driven out of her course by a
See also:storm, a great and richly laden
See also:Spanish galleon, bound for Acapulco from Manila, drifted to the coast of Tosa province, and running—or being purposely run—on a sand-bank as she was being towed into port by Japanese boats, broke her back . She carried goods to the value of some 600,000 crowns, and certain officials urged Hideyoshi to confiscate her as derelict, conveying to him at the same time a detailed account of the doings of the Franciscans and their open flouting of his orders . Hideyoshi, much incensed, commanded the arrest of the Franciscans and despatched officers to Tosa to confiscate the "
See also:San Felipe." The
See also:pilot of the galleon sought to intimidate these officers by showing them on a map of the world the vast extent of Spain's dominions, and being asked how one country had acquired such extended sway, replied: " Our
See also:kings begin by sending into the countries they wish to conquer missionaries who induce the people to embrace our religion, and when they have made considerable progress, troops are sent who combine with the new Christians, and then our kings have not much trouble in accomplishing the rest." On learning of this speech Hideyoshi was overcome with fury . He condemned the Franciscans to have their noses and ears The First cut off, to be promenaded through Kioto, Osaka execution otand Sakai, and to be crucified at Nagasaki . " I Christians. have ordered these foreigners to be treated thus, because they have come from the Philippines to Japan, calling themselves ambassadors, although they were not so; because they have remained here far too long without my permission; because, in defiance of my prohibition, they have built churches, preached their religion and caused disorders." Twenty-six suffered under this sentence—six Franciscans, three Japanese Jesuits and seventeen native Christians, chiefly domestic servants of the Franciscans ? They met their fate with noble fortitude .
Hideyoshi further issued a special
See also:injunction against the adoption of Christianity by a feudal chief, and took steps to give practical effect to his expulsion edict of 1587 . The governor of Nagasaki received instructions to send away all the Jesuits, permitting only two or three to remain for the service of the Portuguese merchants . But the Jesuits were not the kind of men who, to
See also:personal peril, turn their back upon an unaccomplished work of
See also:grace . There were 125 of them in Japan at that time . In
See also:October 1597 a junk sailed out of Nagasaki harbour, her decks crowded with seeming Jesuits . In reality she carried 11 of the company, the apparent Jesuits being disguised sailors . It is not to be supposed that such a manoeuvre could be hidden from the local authorities . They winked at it, until rumour became insistent that Hideyoshi was about to visit Kiushiu in person, and all Japanese in administrative posts knew how Hideyoshi visited disobedience and how hopeless was any attempt to deceive him . Therefore, early in 1598, really drastic steps were taken . Churches to the number of 137 were demolished in Kiushiu, seminaries and residences fell, and the governor of Nagasaki assembled there all the fathers of the company for
See also:deportation to Macao by the great ship in the following year . But while they waited, Hideyoshi died . It is not on record that the Jesuits openly declared his removal from the earth to have been a special dispensation in their favour .
But they pronounced him an execrable
See also:tyrant and consigned his " soul to
See also:hell for all eternity." Yet no impartial reader of history can pretend to think that a 16th-century Jesuit general in Hideyoshi's place would have shown towards an alien creed and its propagandists even a small measure of the tolerance exercised by the Japanese statesman towards Christianity and the Jesuits . - Hideyoshi's death occurred in 1598 . Two years later, his authority as administrative ruler of all Japan had passed into Foreign the hands of Iyeyasu, the Tokugawa chief, and thirty-Policy of the nine years later the Tokugawa potentates had not Tokugawa only exterminated Christianity in Japan but had Rulers. also condemned their country to a period of
See also:isolation which continued unbroken until 1853, an interval of 214 years . It has been shown that even when they were most incensed against Christianity, Japanese administrators sought to foster and preserve foreign trade . Why then did they close the country's doors to the outside world and suspend a commerce once so much esteemed ? To answer that question some retrospect is needed . Certain historians allege that from the outset Iyeyasu shared Hideyoshi's misgivings about the real designs of Christian potentates and Christian propagandists . But that
See also:verdict is not supported by facts . The first occasion of the Tokugawa chief's recorded contact with a Christian propagandist was less than three months after Hideyoshi's death . There was then led into his presence a Franciscan, by name
See also:Jerome de Jesus, originally a member of the fictitious embassy from Manila . This man's conduct constitutes an example of the invincible zeal and courage inspiring a Christian priest in those days . Barely escaping the
See also:doom of crucifixion which overtook his companions, he had been deported from Japan to ' The mutilation was confined to the
See also:lobe of one ear .
Crucifixion, according to the Japanese method, consisted in tying to a cross and piercing the heart with two
See also:sharp spears driven from either side . Death was always instantaneous . Manila at a time when death seemed to be the certain penalty of remaining . But no sooner had he been landed at Manila than he took passage in a Chinese junk, and, returning to Nagasaki, made his way secretly from the far south of Japan to the province of Kii . There arrested, he was brought into the presence of Iyeyasu, and his own record of what ensued is given in a letter subsequently sent to Manila: " When the Prince saw me he asked how I had managed to escape the previous persecution . I answered him that at that date God had delivered me in order that I might go to Manila and bring back new colleagues from there—preachers of the divine law—and that I had returned from Manila to encourage the Christians, cherishing the desire to die on the cross in order to go to enjoy eternal
See also:glory like my former colleagues . On
See also:hearing these words the Emperor began to smile, whether in his quality of a
See also:pagan of the sect of Shaka, which teaches that there is no future life, or whether from the thought that I was frightened at having to be put to death . Then, looking at me kindly, he said, ' Be no longer afraid and no longer conceal yourself, andhno longer change your
See also:habit, for I wish you well; and as for the Christians who every year pass within sight of the Kwanto where my domains are, when they go to Mexico with their ships, I have a keen desire for them to visit the harbours of this island, to refresh themselves there, and to take what they wish, to trade with my vassals and to teach them how to develop
See also:silver mines; and that my intentions may be accomplished before my death, I wish you to indicate to me the means to take to realize them.' I answered that it was necessary that Spanish pilots should take the soundings of his harbours, so that ships might not be lost in future as the 'San Felipe had been, and that he should solicit this service from the governor of the Philippines . The Prince approved of my advice, and accordingly he has sent a Japanese
See also:gentleman, a native of Sakai, the
See also:bearer of this
See also:message . . . . It is essential to oppose no obstacle to the complete liberty offered by the Emperor to the Spaniards and to our holy order, for the preaching of the holy gospel . . .
. The same Prince (who is about to visit the Kwanto) invites me to accompany him to make choice of a house, and to visit the harbour which he promises to open to us; his desires in this respect are keener than I can
See also:express." The above version of the Tokugawa chief's mood is confirmed by events, for not only did he allow the contumelious Franciscan to build a church—the first—in Yedo and to celebrate Mass there, but also he sent three embassies to the Philippines, proposing reciprocal freedom of commerce, offering to open ports in the Kwanto and asking for competent naval architects . He never obtained the architects, and though the trade came, its volume was small in comparison with the abundance of friars that accompanied it . There is just a possibility that Iyeyasu saw in these Spanish monks an instrument of counteracting the influence of the Jesuits, for he must have known that the Franciscans opened their mission in Yedo by " declaiming with violence against the fathers of the company of Jesus." In short, the Spanish monks assumed towards the Jesuits in Japan the same intolerant and abusive
See also:tone that the Jesuits themselves had previously assumed towards Buddhism . At that time there appeared upon the scene another factor destined greatly to complicate events . It was a Dutch merchant ship, the " Liefde." Until the
See also:Netherlands revolted from Spain, the Dutch had been the principal distributors of all goods arriving at Lisbon from the Far East; but in 1594
See also:Philip II. closed the port of Lisbon to these rebels, and the Dutch met the situation by turning their prows to the Orient to invade the sources of Portuguese commerce . One of the first expeditions despatched for that purpose set out in 1598, and of the five vessels composing it one only was ever heard of again . This was the " Liefde." She reached Japan during the spring of 1600, with only fourand-twenty alive out of her original crew of 11o . Towed into the harbour at Funai, the " Liefde " was visited by Jesuits, who, on discovering her
See also:nationality, denounced her to the local authorities as a pirate and endeavoured to
See also:incense the Japanese against them . The " Liefde " had on board in the capacity of " pilot major " an Englishman, Will
See also:Adams of
See also:Gillingham in Kent, whom Iyeyasu summoned to Osaka, where there commenced between the rough
See also:British sailor and the Tokugawa chief a curiously friendly intercourse which was not interrupted until the death of Adams twenty years later . The Englishman became master ship-builder to the Yedo government; was employed as
See also:agent when other traders from his own country and from
See also:Holland arrived in Japan, received in perpetual
See also:gift a substantial estate, and from first to last possessed the implicit confidence of the shogun . Iyeyasu quickly discerned the man's honesty, perceived that whatever benefits foreign commerce might confer would be increased by encouraging competition among the foreigners, and realized that English and Dutch trade presented the wholesome feature of complete
See also:dissociation from religious propagandism . On the other hand, he showed no intolerance to either Spaniards or Portuguese .
He issued (16or) two official
See also:patents sanctioning the residence of the fathers in Kioto, Osaka and Nagasaki; he employed Father
See also:Rodriguez as interpreter to the court at Yedo; and in 1603 he gave munificent succour to the Jesuits who were reduced to dire straits owing to the capture of the great ship from Macao by the Dutch and the consequent loss of several years' supplies for the mission in Japan . It is thus seen that each of the great trio of Japan's 16th-century statesmen—Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and Iyeyasu—adopted at the outset a most tolerant demeanour towards Christianity . The reasons of Hideyoshi's change of mood have been set forth . We have now to examine the reasons that produced a similar metamorphosis in the case of Iyeyasu . Two causes
See also:present themselves immediately . The first is that, while tolerating Christianity, Iyeyasu did not approve of it as a creed; the second, that he himself, whether from state policy or genuine piety, strongly encouraged Buddhism . Proof of the former proposition is found in an order issued by him in 16o2 to insure the safety of foreign merchantmen entering Japanese ports: it concluded with the reservation, " but we rigorously, forbid them " (foreigners coming in such ships) " to promulgate their faith." Proof of the latter is furnished by the facts that he invariably carried about with him a
See also:miniature Buddhist image which he regarded as his tutelary deity, and that he fostered the creed of Shaka as zealously as Oda Nobunaga had suppressed it . There is much difficulty in tracing the exact sequence of events which gradually educated a strong antipathy to the Christian faith in the mind of the Tokugawa chief . He must have been influenced in some degree by the views of his great predecessor, Hideyoshi . But he did not accept those views implicitly . At the end of the 16th century he sent a trusted emissary to Europe for the purpose of directly observing the conditions in the home of Christianity, and this man, the better to achieve his aim, embraced the foreign faith, and studied it from within as well as from without . The story that he had to tell on his return could not fail to
See also:shock the ruler of a country where freedom of conscience had existed from time immemorial .
It was a story of the inquisition and of the stake; of unlimited aggression in the name of the cross; of the
See also:pope's overlordship which entitled him to confiscate the
See also:realm of heretical sovereigns; of religious wars and of wellnigh incredible fanaticism . Iyeyasu must have received an evil impression while he listened to his emissary's statements . Under his own eyes, too, were abundant evidences of the spirit of strife that Christian dogma engendered in those times . From the moment when the Franciscans and Dominicans arrived in Japan, a fierce
See also:quarrel began between them and the Jesuits; a quarrel which even community of suffering could not compose . Not less repellent was an attempt on the part of the Spaniards to dictate to Iyeyasu the expulsion of all Hollanders from Japan, and on the part of the Jesuits to dictate the expulsion of the Spaniards . The former proposal, couched almost in the form of a demand, was twice formulated, and accompanied on the second occasion by a scarcely less insulting offer, namely, that Spanish men-of-war would be sent to Japan to burn all Dutch ships found in the ports of the empire . If in the face of proposals so contumelious of his sovereign authority Iyeyasu preserved a
See also:calm and dignified mien, merely replying that his country was open to all corners, and that, if other nations had quarrels among themselves, they must not take Japan for
See also:battle-ground, it is nevertheless unimaginable that he did not strongly resent such interference with his own independent foreign policy, and that he did not interpret it as foreshadowing a disturbance of the realm's peace by sec-tarian quarrels among Christians . These experiences, predisposing Iyeyasu to dislike Christianity as a creed and to distrust it as a political influence, were soon supplemented by incidents of an immediately determinative character . The first was an act of
See also:fraud and forgery committed in the interests of a Christian feudatory by a trusted official, himself a Christian . Thereupon Iyeyasu, conceiving it unsafe that Christians should fill offices at his court, dismissed all those so employed, banished them from Yedo and forbade any feudal chief to harbour them . The second incident was an attempted survey of the coast of Japan by a Spanish mariner and a Franciscan friar . Permission to take this step had been obtained by an envoy from New Spain, but no deep consideration of reasons seems to have preluded the per-mission on Japan's side, and when the mariner (Sebastian) and the friar (Sotelo) hastened- to carry out the project, Iyeyasu asked Will Adams to explain this display of industry .
The Englishman replied that such a proceeding would be regarded in Europe as an act of hostility, especially on the part of the Spaniards or Portuguese, whose aggressions were notorious . He added, in reply to further questions, that "the Roman priest-hood had been expelled from many parts of Germany, fromSweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland and England, and that although his own country preserved the pure form of the Christian faith from which Spain and Portugal had deviated, yet neither English nor Dutch considered that that fact afforded them any reason to war with, or to annex, States which were not Christian solely for the reason that they were non-Christian." Iyeyasu reposed entire confidence in Adams . Hearing the Englishman's testimony, he is said to have exclaimed, " If the sovereigns of Europe do not tolerate these priests, I do them no wrong if I refuse to tolerate them." Japanese historians add that Iyeyasu discovered a
See also:conspiracy on the part of some Japanese Christians to overthrow his government by the aid of foreign troops . It was not a widely ramified plot, but it lent additional importance to the fact that the sympathy of the fathers and their converts was plainly with the only magnate in the empire who continued to dispute the Tokugawa supremacy, Hideyori, the son of Hideyoshi . Nevertheless Iyeyasu shrank from proceeding to extremities in the case of any foreign priest, and this attitude he maintained until his death (1616) . Possibly he might have been not less tolerant towards native Christians also had not the Tokugawa authority been openly defied by a Franciscan father—the Sotelo mentioned above—in Yedo itself . Then (1613) the first execution of Japanese converts took place, though the
See also:monk himself was released after a short incarceration . At that time, as is still the case even in these more enlightened days, insignificant differences of
See also:custom sometimes induced serious misconceptions . A Christian who had violated the secular law was crucified in Nagasaki . Many of his fellow-believers kneeled around his cross and prayed for the peace of his soul . A party of converts were afterwards burned to death in the same place for refusing to apostatize, and their Christian friends crowded to carry off portions of their bodies as holy
See also:relics . When these things were reported to Iyeyasu, he said, " Without doubt that must be a diabolic faith which persuades people not only to worship criminals condemned to death for their crimes, but also to honour those who have been burned or cut in pieces by the order of their
See also:lord " (feudal chief) .
The fateful edict ordering that all foreign priests should be collected in Nagasaki preparatory to removal from Japan, that all churches should be demolished, and that the suppression converts should be compelled to abjure Christianity, of was issued on the 27th of
See also:January 1614 . There were Christianity• then in Japan 122 Jesuits, 14 Franciscans, 9 Dominicans, 4 Augustins and 7 secular priests . Had these men obeyed the orders of the Japanese authorities by leaving the country finally, not one foreigner would have suffered for his faith in Japan, except the 6 Franciscans executed at Nagasaki by order of Hideyoshi in 1597 . But suffering and death counted for nothing with the missionaries as against the possibility of winning or keeping even one convert .
See also:Forty-seven of them evaded the edict, some by concealing themselves at the time of its issue, the rest by leaving their ships when the latter had passed out of sight of the shore of Japan, and returning by boats to the scene of their former labours . Moreover, in a few months, those that had actually crossed the sea re-crossed it in' various disguises, and soon the Japanese government had to consider whether it would suffer its authority to be thus flouted or resort to extreme measures . During two years immediately following the issue of the anti-Christian decree, the attention of the Tokugawa chief and in-deed of all Japan was concentrated on the closing
See also:episode of the great struggle which assured to Iyeyasu final supremacy as .administrative ruler of the empire . That episode was a terrible battle under the walls of Osaka castle between the adherents of the Tokugawa and the supporters of Hideyori . In this struggle fresh fuel was added to the fire of anti-Christian resentment, for many Christian converts threw in their lot with Hideyori, and in one part of the field the Tokugawa troops found themselves fighting against a foe whose banners were emblazoned with the cross and with images of the Saviour and St
See also:James, the
See also:saint of Spain . But the Christians had protectors . Many of the feudatories showed themselves strongly averse from inflicting the extreme penalty on men and women whose adoption of an alien religion had been partly forced by the feudatories themselves . As for the people at large, their liberal spirit is attested by the fact that five fathers who were in Osaka castle at the time of its capture made their way to distant refuges without encountering any risk of betrayal .
During these events the death of Iyeyasu took place (
See also:June r, 1616), and pending the dedication of his
See also:mausoleum the anti-Christian crusade was virtually suspended . In
See also:September 1616 a new anti-Christian edict was promulgated by Hidetada, son and successor of Iyeyasu . It pronounced
See also:sentence of exile against all Christian priests, including even those whose presence had been sanctioned for ministering to the Portuguese merchants: it forbade the Japanese, under the penalty of being burned alive and of having all their property confiscated, to have any connexion with the ministers of religion or to give them hospitality . It was forbidden to any prince or lord to keep Christians in his service or even on his estates, and the edict was promulgated with more than usual solemnity, though its enforcement was deferred until the next year on account of the obsequies of Iyeyasu . This edict of 1616 differed from that issued by Iyeyasu in 1614, since the latter did not prescribe the death penalty for converts refusing to apostatize . But both agreed in indicating expulsion as the sole manner of dealing with the foreign priests . As for the shogun and his advisers, it is reasonable to assume that they did not anticipate much
See also:necessity for recourse to violence . They must have known that a great majority of the converts had joined the Christian church at the instance or by the command of their local rulers, and nothing can have seemed less likely than that a creed thus lightly embraced would be adhered to in defiance of torture and death . It is moreover morally certain that had the foreign propagandists obeyed the Government's edict and left the country, not one would have been put to death . They suffered because they defied the laws of the land . Some fifty missionaries happened to be in Nagasaki when Hidetada's edict was issued . A number of these were apprehended and deported, but several of them returned almost immediately .
This happened under thejurisdiction of Omura, who bad been specially charged with the duty of sending away the bateren (padres) . He appears to have concluded that a striking example must be furnished, and he therefore ordered the seizure and decapitation of two fathers, De 1' Assumpcion and Machado . The result completely falsified his calculations, and presaged the cruel struggle now destined to begin . The bodies, placed in different coffins, were interred in the same grave .
See also:Guards were placed over it, but the concourse was immense . The sick were carried to the sepulchre to be restored to
See also:health . The Christians found new strength in this martyrdom; the pagans them-selves were full of admiration for it . Numerous conversions and numerous returns of apostates took place everywhere . In the midst of all this, Navarette, the vice-provincial of the Dominicans, and Ayala, the vice-provincial of the Augustins, came out of their retreat, and in full priestly garb started upon an open propaganda . The two fanatics—for so even Charlevoix considers them to have been—were secretly conveyed to the island Takashima and there decapitated, while their coffins were weighted with big stones and sunk in the sea . Even more directly defiant was the attitude of the next martyred priest, an old Franciscan monk, Juan de
See also:Santa Martha . He had for three years suffered all the horrors of a medieval Japanese prison, when it was proposed to
See also:release him and deport him to New Spain .
His answer was that, if released, he would stay in Japan and preach there . He laid his head on the
See also:block in August 1618 . But from that time until 1622 no other foreign missionary suffered capital punishment in Japan, though many of them arrived in the country and continued their propagandism there . During that interval, also, there occurred another incident eminently calculated to
See also:fix upon the Christians still deeper suspicion of political designs . In a Portuguese ship captured by the Dutch a letter was found instigating the Japanese converts to revolt, and promising that, when the number of these disaffected Christians was sufficient, men-of-war would be sent to aid them . Not the least potent of the influences operating against the Christians was that
See also:pamphlets were written by apostates attributing the zeal of the foreign propagandists solely to political motives . Yet another
See also:indictment of Spanish and Portuguese propagandists was contained in a despatch addressed to Hidetada in 1620 by the
See also:admiral in command of the British and Dutch
See also:fleet then cruising in Far-Eastern waters . In that document the friars were flatly accused of treacherous practices, and the Japanese ruler was warned against the aggressive designs of Philip of Spain . In the face of all this evidence the Japanese ceased to hesitate, and a time of terror ensued for the fathers and their converts . The measures adopted towards the missionaries gradually increased in severity . In 1617 the first two fathers put to death (De 1' Assumpcion and Machado) were beheaded, " not by the common executioner, but by one of the first officers of the prince." Subsequently Navarette and Ayala were decapitated by the executioner . Then, in 1618, Juan de Santa Martha was executed like a common criminal, his body being dismembered and his head exposed .
Finally, in 1622, Zuniga and
See also:Flores were burnt alive . The same year was marked by the " great martyrdom " at Nagasaki when 9 foreign priests went to the stake with 19 Japanese converts . The shogun seems to have been now labouring under vivid fear of a foreign invasion . An emissary sent by him to Europe had returned on the eve of the " great martyrdom " after seven years abroad, and had made a report more than ever unfavourable to Christianity . Therefore Hidetada deemed it necessary to refuse audience to a Philippine embassy in 1624 and to deport all Spaniards from Japan . Further, it was decreed that no Japanese Christian should thenceforth be suffered to go abroad for commerce, and that though non-Christians or men who had apostatized might travel freely, they must not visit the Philippines . Thus ended all intercourse between Japan and Spain . It had continued for 32 years and had engendered a widespread conviction that Christianity was an instrument of Spanish aggression . Iyemitsu, son of Hidetada, now ruled in Yedo, though Hidetada himself remained the power behind the throne . The year (1623) of the former's accession to power had been marked by the re-issue of anti-Christian decrees, and by the martyrdom of some Soo Christians within the Tokugawa domains, whither the
See also:tide of persecution now flowed for the first time . Thenceforth the campaign was continuous . The men most active and most relentless in carrying on the persecution were Mizuno and Takenaka, governors of Nagasaki, and Matsukura, feudatory of Shimabara .
By the latter were invented the punishment of throwing converts into the soifataras at Unzen and the torture of the
See also:fosse, which consisted in suspension by the feet, head downwards, in a
See also:pit until
See also:blood oozed from the mouth, nose and ears . Many endured this latter torture for days, until death came to their
See also:relief, but a few—notably the Jesuit provincial Ferreyra—apostatized . Matsukura and Takenaka were so strongly obsessed by the Spanish menace that they contemplated the conquest of the Philippines in order to deprive the Spaniards of a Far-Eastern
See also:base . But timid counsels then prevailed in Yedo, where the spirit of a Nobunaga, a Hideyoshi or an Iyeyasu no longer presided . Of course the measures of repression grew in severity as the fortitude of the Christians became more obdurate . It is not possible to state the exact number of victims . Some historians say that, down to 1635, no fewer than 280,000 were punished, but that figure is probably exaggerated, for the most trustworthy records indicate that the converts never aggregated more than 300,000, and many of these, if not a great majority, having accepted the foreign faith very lightly, doubt-less discarded it readily under menace of destruction . Every opportunity was given for apostatizing and for escaping death . Immunity could be secured by pointing out a fellow-convert, and when it is'observed that among the seven or eight feudatories who embraced Christianity only two or three died in that faith, we must conclude that not a few cases of recanting occurred among the commoners . Remarkable fortitude, however, is said to have been displayed . If the converts were intrepid their teachers showed no less courage . Again and again the latter defied the Japanese authorities by coming to the country or returning thither after having been deported .
Ignoring the orders of the governors of Macao and Manila and even of the
See also:king of Spain himself, they arrived, year after year, to be certainly apprehended and sent to the stake after brief periods of propagandism . In 1626 they actually baptized over 3000 converts . Large rewards were paid to anyone denouncing a propagandist, and as for the people, they had to trample upon a picture of Christ in order to prove that they were not Christians . Meanwhile the feuds between the Dutch, the Spaniards and the Portuguese never ceased . In 1636, the 1 utch found on a captured Portuguese vessel a report of the governor of Macao describing a two days' festival which had been held there in honour of Vieyra, the vice-provincial whose martyrdom had just taken place in Japan . This report the Dutch handed to the Japanese authorities " in order that his
See also:majesty may see more clearly what great honour the Portuguese pay to those he has forbidden his realm as traitors to the state and to his crown." Probably the accusation added little to the resentment and distrust already harboured by the Japanese against the Portuguese . At all events the Yedo government took no step distinctly hostile to Portuguese laymen until 1637, when an edict was issued for-bidding any foreigners to travel in the empire, lest Portuguese with passports bearing Dutch names might enter it . This was the beginning of the end . In the last month of 1637 a rebellion broke out, commonly called the " Christian revolt of Shimabara," which sealed the fate of Japan's foreign intercourse for over 200 years . The promontory of Shimabara and the island of Amakusa enclose the gulf of Nagasaki on the west . Among all the fiefs in Japan, Shimabara and Amakusa had been the two The Shlma-
See also:bare Revolt. most thoroughly christianized in the early years of Jesuit propagandism . Hence in later days they were naturally the scene of the severest persecutions .
Still the people would probably have suffered in silence had they not been taxed beyond all endurance to supply funds for an extravagant chief who employedsavage methods of extortion . Japanese
See also:annals, however, relegate the taxation grievance to an altogether secondary place, and attribute the revolt solely to the instigation of five samurai who led a roving life to avoid persecution for their adherence to Christianity . Whichever version be correct, it is certain that the outbreak ultimately attracted all the Christians from the surrounding regions, and was regarded by the authorities as in effect a Christian rising . The Amakusa insurgents passed over to Shimabara, and on the 27th of January 1638 the whole body—numbering, according to some authorities, 20,000 fighting men with 17,000 women and children; according to others, little more than one-half of these figures—took possessionof the dilapidated castle of Hara, which stood on a
See also:plateau with three sides descending perpendicularly to the sea, a hundred feet beneath, and with a swamp on its fourth front . There the insurgents, who fought under flags with red crosses and whose battle cries were " Jesus," " Maria " and " St Iago," successfully maintained themselves against the repeated assaults of strong forces until the 12th of April, when, their
See also:ammunition and their provisions alike exhausted, they were overwhelmed and put to the sword, with the exception of 105 prisoners . During the
See also:siege the Dutch were enabled to furnish a vivid proof of enmity to the Christianity of the Spaniards and the Portuguese . For the guns in possession of the besiegers being too light to accomplish anything, Koeckebacker, the factor at Hirado, was invited to send ships carrying heavier metal . He replied with the " de Ryp " of 20 guns, which threw 426 shot into the castle in 15 days . Probably the great bulk of the remaining Japanese Christians perished at the
See also:massacre of Hara . Thenceforth there were few martyrs .. It has been clearly shown that Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and Iyeyasu were all in favour of foreign intercourse and trade, and that the Tokugawa chief, even more than his prede- Foreign cessor Hideyoshi, made strenuous efforts to differ- Trade to entiate between Christianity and commerce, so that the 17th the latter might not be involved in the former's fate . Century .
In fact the three
See also:objects which Iyeyasu desired most earnestly to compass were the development of foreign commerce, the acquisition of a mercantile marine and the exploitation of Japan's mines . He offered the Spaniards, Portuguese, English and Dutch a site for a settlement in Yedo, and had they accepted the offer the country might never have been closed . In his time Japan was virtually a free-trade country . Importers had not to pay any duties . It was expected, however, that they should make presents to the feudatory into whose port they carried their goods, and these presents were often very valuable . Naturally the Tokugawa chief desired to attract such a source of wealth to his own domains . He sent more than one envoy to Manila to urge the opening of commerce direct with the regions about Yedo, and to ask the Spaniards for competent naval architects . Perhaps the truest exposition of his attitude is given in a law enacted in 1602: 4' If any foreign vessel by stress of
See also:weather is obliged to
See also:touch at any principality onto put into any harbour of Japan, we order that, whoever these foreigners may be, absolutely nothing whatever that belongs to them or that they may have brought in their ship, shall be taken from them . Likewise we rigorously prohibit the use of any violence in the
See also:purchase or the sale of any of the commodities brought by their ship, and if it is not convenient for the merchants of the ship to remain in the port they have entered, they may pass to any other port that may suit them, and therein buy and sell in full freedom . Likewise we order in a general manner that foreigners may freely reside in any part of Japan they choose, but we rigorously forbid them to promulgate their faith." It was in that mood that he granted (1605) a licence to the Dutch to trade in Japan, his expectation doubtless being that the ships which they promised to send every year would make their dept at Uraga or in some other place near Yedo . But things were ordered differently . The first Hollanders that set foot in Japan were the survivors of the wrecked " Liefde." Thrown into prison for a time, they were approached by emissaries from the feudatory of Hirado, who engaged some of them to teach the art of casting guns and the science of gunnery to his vassals, and when two of them were allowed to leave Japan, he furnished them with the means of doing so, at the same time making promises which invested Hirado with attractions as a port of trade, though it was then and always remained an insignificant fishing village .
The Dutch possessed precisely the qualifications suited to the situation then existing in Japan: they had commercial potentialities without any religious associations . Fully appreciating that fact, the shrewd feudatory of Hirado laid himself out to entice the Dutchmen to his fief, and he succeeded . Shortly afterwards, an incident occurred which clearly betrayed the strength of the Tokugawa chief's desire to See A History of Christianity in Japan (1910), byOtis Cary . exploit Japan's mines . The governor-general of the Philippines (Don Rodrigo
See also:Vivero y Velasco), his ship being
See also:cast away on the Japanese coast on a voyage to Acapulco, was received by Iyeyasu, and in response to the latter's request for fifty miners, the Spaniard formulated terms to which Iyeyasu actually agreed: that half the produce of the mines should go to the miners; that the other half should be divided between Iyeyasu and the king of Spain; that the latter might send commissioners to Japan to look after his mining interests, and that these commissioners might be accompanied by priests who would be entitled to have public churches for holding services . This was in 1609, when the Tokugawa chief had again and again imposed the strictest veto on Christian propagandism . There can be little doubt that he understood the concession made to Don Rodrigo in the sense of Hideyoshi's mandate to the Jesuits in Nagasaki, namely, that a sufficient number might remain to minister to the Portuguese traders frequenting the port . Iyeyasu had confidence in himself and in his countrymen . He knew that emergencies could be dealt with when they arose and he sacrificed nothing to timidity . But his courageous policy died with him and the miners did not come . Neither did the Spaniards ever devote any successful efforts to establishing trade with Japan . Their vessels paid fitful visits to Uraga, but the Portuguese continued to monopolize the commerce .
In x61 i a Dutch merchantman (the " Brach ") reached Hirado with a cargo ofpepper,
See also:cloth, ivory, silk
See also:awl lead . She carried opening of two envoys, Spex and Segerszoon, and in the very Dutch and face of a Spanish embassy which had just arrived Baldish from Manila expressly for the purpose of "settling Trade. the matter regarding the Hollanders," the Dutchmen obtained a liberal patent from Iyeyasu . Twelve years previously, the merchants of London, stimulated generally by the success of the Dutch in trade with the East, and specially by the fact that " these Hollanders had raised the price of pepper against us from 3 shillings per pound to 6 shillings and 8 shillings," organized the East India Company which immediately began to send ships eastward . Of course the news that the Dutch were about to establish a trading station in Japan reached London speedily, and the East India Company lost no time in ordering one of their vessels, the " Clove," under Captain Saris, to proceed to the Far-Eastern islands . She carried a quantity of pepper, and on the voyage she endeavoured to procure some spices at the
See also:Moluccas . But the Dutch would not suffer any poaching on their valuable monopoly . The " Clove "entered Hirado on the 11th of June 1613 . Saris seems to have been a man self-opinionated, of shallow
See also:judgment and suspicious . Though strongly urged by Will Adams to make Uraga the seat of the new trade, though convinced of the excellence of the harbour there, and though instructed as to the great advantage of proximity to the shogun's capital, he appears to have conceived some distrust of Adams, for he
See also:chose Hirado . From Iyeyasu Captain Saris received a most liberal
See also:charter, which plainly displayed the mood of the Tokugawa shogun towards foreign trade: I . The ship that has now come for the first time from England over the sea, to Japan may carry on trade of all kinds without hindrance . With regard to future visits (of English ships) permission will be given in regard to all matters .
2 . With regard to the cargoes of ships, requisition will be made by list according to the requirements of the shogunate . 3 . English ships are free to visit any port in Japan . If disabled by storms they may put into any harbour . 4 . Ground In Yedo in the place which they may desire shall be given to the English, and they may erect houses and reside and trade there . They shall be at liberty to return to their country whenever they wish to do so, and to dispose as they like of the houses they have erected . 5 . If an Englishman
See also:dies in Japan of disease, or any other cause, his effects shall be handed over without fail . 6 . Forced sales of cargo, and violence, shall not take place .
7 . If one of the English should-commit an offence, he should be sentenced by the English General according to the gravity of his offence . (Translated by
See also:Professor Riess.) The terms of the 4th article show that the shogun expected the English to make Yedo their headquarters . Had Saris doneso, he would have been free from all competition, would have had an immense market at his very doors, would have economized the expense of numerous overland journeys to the Tokugawa court, and would have saved the payment of many " considerations." The result of his mistaken choice and subsequent bad management was that, ten years later (1623), the English factory at Hirado had to be closed, having incurred a total loss of about 2000 . In condonation of this failure it must be noted that a few months after the death of Iyeyasu, the charter he had granted to Saris underwent serious modification . The original document threw open to the English every port in Japan; the revised document limited them to Hirado . But this restriction may be indirectly traced to the blunder of not accepting a settlement in Yedo and a port at Uraga . For the Tokugawa's foreign policy was largely swayed by an apprehension lest the Kiushiu feudatories, over whom the authority of Yedo had never been fully established, might, by the presence of foreign traders, come into possession of such a fleet and such an armament as would ultimately enable them to wrest the administration of the empire from Tokugawa hands . Hence the precaution of confining the English and the Dutch to Hirado, the fief of a daimyo too petty to become formidable, and to Nagasaki which was an imperial city.' But evidently an English factory in Yedo and English ships at Uraga would have strengthened the Tokugawa ruler's hand instead of supplying engines of war to his political foes . It must also be noted that the question of locality had another injurious outcome . It exposed the English—and the Dutch also—to crippling competition at the hands of a company of rich Osaka monopolists, who, as representing an Imperial city and therefore being pledged to the Tokugawa interests, enjoyed Yedo's favour and took full advantage of it . These shrewd traders not only drew a
See also:ring round Hirado, but also sent vessels on their own account to
See also:Cochin China, Siam, Tonkin,
See also:Cambodia and other places, where they obtained many of the staples in which the English and the Dutch dealt .
See also:closure of the English factory at Hirado was purely voluntary . From first to last there had been no serious
See also:friction between the English and the Japanese . The company's houses and godowns were not sold . These 'as well as the charter were left in the hands of the daimyo of Hirado, who promised to restore them should the English re-open business in Japan . The company did think of doing so on more than one occasion, but no practical step was taken until the year 1673, when a merchantman, aptly named the " Return," was sent to seek permission . The Japanese, after mature reflection, made answer that as the king of England was married to a Portuguese princess, British subjects could not be permitted to visit Japan . That this reply was suggested by the Dutch is very probable; that it truly reflected the feeling of the Japanese government towards Roman Catholics is certain . The Spaniards were expelled from Japan in 1624, the Portuguese in 1638 . Two years before the latter event, the Yedo government took a signally retrogressive step . They The Last ordained that no Japanese vessel should go abroad; Daysofthe that no Japanese subject should leave the country, Portuguese and that, if detected attempting to do so, he in /span. should he put to death, the vessel that carried him and her crew being seized "to await our pleasure"; that any Japanese
See also:resident abroad should be executed if he returned; that the children and descendants of Spaniards together with those who had adopted such children should not be allowed to remain on pain of death; and that no ship of ocean-going dimensions should be built in Japan . Thus not only were the very children of the Christian propagandists driven completely from the land, but the Japanese people also were sentenced to imprisonment within the limits of their islands, and the country was deprived of all hope of acquiring a mercantile marine . The descendants of the Spaniards, banished by the edict, were taken to Macao in two Portuguese galleons .
They numbered 287 and the property ' The Imperial cities were Yedo, Kioto, Osaka and Nagasaki . To this last the English were subsequently admitted . They were also invited to Kagoshima by the Shimazu chieftain, and, had not their experience at Hirado proved so deterrent, they might have established a factory at Kagoshima . they carried with them aggregated 6,607,5oo florins . But if the Portuguese derived any gratification from this sweeping out of their much-abused rivals, the feeling was destined to be short-lived . Already they were subjected to humiliating restrictions . " From 1623 the galleons and their cargoes were liable to be burnt and their crews executed if any foreign priest was found on board of them . An official of the Japanese government was stationed in Macao for the purpose of inspecting all intending passengers, and of preventing any one that looked at all suspicious from proceeding to japan . A complete list and personal description of every one on board was drawn up by this officer, a copy of it was handed to the captain and by him it had to be delivered to the authorities who met him at Nagasaki before he was allowed toanchor . If in the subsequent inspection any discrepancy between the list and the persons actually carried by the vessel appeared, it would prove very awkward for the captain . Then in the inspection of the vessel letters were opened, trunks and boxes ransacked, and all crosses, rosaries or objects of religion of any kind had to be thrown over-board . In 1635 Portuguese were forbidden to employ Japanese to carry their umbrellas or their shoes, and only their chief men were allowed to bear arms, while they had to hire fresh servants every year .
It was in the following year (1636) that the artificial islet of Deshima was constructed for their special reception, or rather imprisonment . It lay in front of the former Portuguese factory, with which it was connected by a bridge, and henceforth the Portuguese were to be allowed to cross this bridge only twice a year—at their arrival and at their departure . Furthermore, all their cargoes had to be sold at a fixed price during their fifty days' stay to a ring of licensed merchants from the imperial towns." 1 Theimposition of such irksome conditions did not deter the Portuguese, who continued to send merchandise-laden galleons to Nagasaki . But in 1638 the
See also:bolt fell . The Shimabara rebellion was directly responsible . Probably the fact of a revolt of Christian converts, in such numbers and fighting with such resolution, would alone have sufficed to induce the weak government in Yedo to get rid of the Portuguese altogether . But the Portuguese were suspected of having instigated the Shimabara insurrection, and the Japanese authorities believed that they had proof of the fact . Hence, in 1638, an edict was issued pro-claiming that as, in defiance of the government's order, the Portuguese had continued to bring missionaries to Japan; as they had supplied these missionaries with provisions and other necessaries, and as they had fomented the Shimabara rebellion, thenceforth any Portuguese ship coming to Japan should be burned, together with her cargo, and every one on board of her should be executed . Ample time was allowed before enforcing this edict . Not only were the Portuguese ships then at Nagasaki permitted to close up their commercial transactions and leave the port, but also in the following year when two galleons arrived from Macao, they were merely sent away with a copy of the edict and a stern warning . But the Portuguese could not easily become reconciled to abandon a commerce from which they had derived splendid profits prior to the intrusion of the Spaniards, the Dutch and the English, and from which they might now hope further gains, since, although the Dutch continued to be formidable rivals, the Spaniards had been excluded, the English had withdrawn, and the Japanese, by the suicidal policy of their own rulers, were no longer able to send ships to China . Therefore they took a step which resulted in one of the saddest episodes of the whole story .
Four aged men, the most respected citizens of Macao, were despatched (1640) to Nagasaki as ambassadors in a ship carrying no cargo but only rich presents . They
See also:bore a petition declaring that for a long time no missionaries had entered Japan from Macao, that the Portuguese had not been in any way connected with the Shimabara revolt, and that interruption of trade would injure Japan as much as Portugal . These envoys arrived at Nagasaki on the 1st of July 1640, and 24 days sufficed to bring from Yedo, whither their petition had been sent,
See also:peremptory orders for their execution as well as executioners to carry out the orders . There was no possibility of resistance . The Japanese had removed the ship's
See also:rudder, sails, guns and ammunition, and had placed the envoys, their suite and the crews under guard in Deshima . On the 2nd of August they were all summoned to the governor's hall of audience, where, after their protest had been heard that ambassadors A History of Japan (Murdoch and
See also:Yamagata).should be under the protection of international law, the sentence written in Yedo 13 days previously was read to them . The following
See also:morning the Portuguese were offered their lives if they would apostatize . Every one rejected the offer, and being then led out to the martyrs' mount, the heads of the envoys and of 57 of their companions fell . Thirteen were saved to carry the news to Macao . These thirteen, after witnessing the burning of the galleon, were conducted to the governor's residence who gave them this message: Do not fail to inform the inhabitants of Macao that the Japanese wish to receive from them neither gold nor silver, nor any kind of presents or merchandise; in a word, absolutely nothing which comes from them . You are witnesses that I have caused even the clothes of those who were executed yesterday to be burned . Let them do the same with respect to us if they find occasion to do so; we consent to it without difficulty .
Let them think no more of us, just as if we were no longer in the world." Finally the thirteen were taken to the martyrs' mount where, set up above the heads of the victims, a tablet recounted the story of the embassy and the reasons for the execution, and concluded with the words: " So long as the sun warms the earth, let no Christian be so bold as to come to japan, and let all know that if King Philip himself, or even the very God of the Christians, or the great Shaka contravene this prohibition, they shall pay for it with their heads." Had the ministers of the shogun in Yedo desired to make clear to future ages that to Christianity alone was due the expulsion of Spaniards and Portuguese from Japan and her adoption of the policy of seclusion they could not have placed on record more conclusive testimony . Macao received the news with rejoicing in that its " earthly ambassadors had been made ambassadors of heaven," but it did not abandon all hope of over-coming Japan's obduracy . When Portugal recovered her independence in 1640, the people of Macao requested Lisbon to send an ambassador to Japan, and on the 16th of July 1647 Don Gonzalo de Siqueira arrived in Nagasaki with two vessels . He carried a letter from King
See also:John IV., setting forth the severance of all connexion between Portugal and Spain, which countries were now actually at war, and urging that commercial relations should be re-established . The Portuguese, having refused to give up their rudders and arms, soon found themselves menaced by a force of fifty thousand samurai, and were glad to put out of port quietly on the 4th of September . This was the ' last episode in the medieval history of Portugal's intercourse with Japan . When (1609) the Dutch contemplated forming a settlement in Japan, Iyeyasu gave. them a written promise that "no man should do them any wrong and that he would The utch maintain and defend them as his own subjects." tDshima . Moreover, the charter granted to them contained a clause providing that, into whatever ports their ships put, they were not to be molested or hindered in any way, but, " on the contrary, must be shown all manner of help, favour and assistance." They might then have chosen any port in Japan for their headquarters, but they had the misfortune to choose Hirado . For many years they had no cause to regret the choice . Their exclusive possession of the Spice Islands and their own enterprise and command of capital gave them the leading place in Japan's over-sea trade . Even when things had changed greatly for the worse and when the English closed their books with a large loss, it is on record that the Dutch were
See also:reaping a profit of 76% annually . Their doings at Hirado were not of a purely commercial character .
The Anglo-Dutch " fleet of defence " made that port its basis of operations against the Spaniards and the Portuguese . It brought its prizes into Hirado, the profits to be equally divided between the fleet and the factories, Dutch and English, which arrangement involved a sum of a hundred thousand pounds in 1622 . But after the death of Iyeyasu there grew up at the Tokugawa court a party which advocated the expulsion of all foreigners on the ground that, though some professed a different form of Christianity from that of the Castilians and Portuguese, it was nevertheless one and the same creed . This policy was not definitely adopted, but it made itself
See also:felt in a discourteous reception accorded to the commandant of Fort Zelandia when he visited Tokyo in 1627 . He attempted to retaliate upon the Japanese vessels which put into Zelandia in the following year, but the Japanese managed to seize his person, exact reparation for loss of time and obtain five hostages whom they carried to prison in Japan . The Japanese government of that time was wholly intolerant of any injury done to its subjects by foreigners . When news of the Zelandia affair reached Yedo, orders were immediately issued for the
See also:sequestration of certain Dutch vessels and for the suspension of the Hirado factory, which veto was not removed for four years . Commercial arrangements, also, became less favourable . The Dutch, instead of selling their silk—which generally formed the principal
See also:staple of import—in the open market, were required to send it to the Osaka gild of licensed merchants at Nagasaki, by which means, Nagasaki and Osaka being Imperial cities, the Yedo government derived advantage from the transaction . An attempt to evade this onerous system provoked a very stern rebuke from Yedo, and shortly afterwards all Japanese subjects were forbidden to act as servants to the Dutch outside the latter's dwellings . The co-operation of the Hollanders in bombarding the castle of Hara during the Shimabara rebellion (1638) gave them some claim on the shogun's government, but in the same year the Dutch received an imperious warning that the severest penalties would be inflicted if their ships carried priests or any religious objects or books . So profound was the dislike of everything
See also:relating to Christianity that the Dutch nearly caused the ruin of their factory and probably their own destruction by inscribing on some newly erected warehouses the date according to the Christian era .
The factory happened to be then presided over by Caron, a man of extraordinary penetration . Without a moment's hesitation he set 400 men to pull down the warehouses, thus depriving the Japanese of all pretext for recourse to violence . He was compelled, however, to promise that there should be no observance of the
See also:Sabbath hereafter and that time should no longer be reckoned by the Christian era . In a few months, further evidence of Yedo's ill will was furnished . An edict appeared ordering the Dutch to dispose of all their imports during the year of their arrival, without any option of carrying them away should prices be low . They were thus placed at the mercy of the Osaka gild . Further, they were forbidden to slaughter
See also:cattle or carry arms, and altogether it seemed as though the situation was to be rendered impossible for them . An envoy despatched from
See also:Batavia to remonstrate could not obtain audience of the shogun, and though he presented, by way of re aonstrance, the charter originally granted by Iyeyasu, the reply he received was: " His Majesty charges us to inform you that it is of but slight importance to the Empire of Japan whether foreigners come or do not come to trade . But in consideration of the charter granted to them by Iyeyasu, he is pleased to allow the Hollanders to continue their operations, and to leave them their commercial and other privileges, on the condition that they evacuate Hirado and establish themselves with their vessels in the port of Nagasaki." The Dutch did not at first regard this as a calamity . During their residence of 31 years at Hirado they had enjoyed full freedom, had been on excellent terms with the feudatory and his samurai, and had prospered in their business . But the pettiness of the place and the inconvenience of the anchorage having always been recognized, transfer to Nagasaki promised a splendid harbour and much larger custom . Bitter, therefore, was their disappointment when they found that they were to be imprisoned in Deshima, a quadrangular island whose longest face did not measure 300 yds., and that, so far from living in the town of Nagasaki, they would not be allowed even to enter it .
Siebold writes: " A guard at the
See also:gate prevented all communications with the city of Nagasaki; no Dutchman without weighty reasons and without the permission of the governor might pass the gate; no Japanese (unless public women) might live in a Dutchman's house . As if this were not enough, even within Deshima itself our state prisoners were keenly watched . No Japanese might speak with them in his :awn language unless in the presence of a witness (a government
See also:spy)or visit them in their houses . The creatures of the governor had the warehouses under
See also:key and the Dutch traders ceased to be masters of their property." There were worse indignities to be endured . No Dutchman might be buried in Japanese soil: the dead had to be committed to the deep . Every Dutch ship, her rudder, guns and ammunition removed and her sails sealed, was subjected to the strictest search . No religious service could be held . No one was suffered to pass from one Dutch ship to another without the governor's permit . Sometimes the officers and men were wantonly cudgelled by petty Japanese officials . They led, in short, a life of extreme abasement . Some relaxation of this extreme severity was afterwards obtained, but at no time of their sojourn in Deshima, a period of 217 years, were the Dutch relieved from irksome and humiliating restraints . Eleven years after their removal thither, the expediency of consulting the national honour by finally abandoning an enterprise so derogatory was gravely discussed, but hopes of improvement supplementing natural reluctance to surrender a monopoly which still brought large gains, induced them to persevere .
At that time this Nagasaki over-sea trade was considerable . From 7 to 10 Dutch ships used to enter the port annually, carrying cargo valued at some 8o,000 lb of silver, the chief staples of import being silk and piece-goods, and the government levying 5% by way of customs dues . But this did not represent the whole of the charges imposed . A
See also:rent of 459 lb of silver had to be paid each year for the little island of Deshima and the houses standing on it; and, further, every spring, the Hollanders were required to send to Yedo a mission bearing for the shogun, the
See also:heir-apparent and the court officials presents representing an aggregate value of about 550 lb of silver . They found their account, nevertheless, in buying gold and copper—especially the latter—for exportation, until the Japanese authorities, becoming alarmed at the great quantity of copper thus carried away, adopted the policy of limiting the number of vessels, as well as their inward and outward cargoes, so that, in 1790, only one ship might enter annually, nor could she carry away more than 350 tons of copper . On the other hand, the formal visits of the captain of the factory to Yedo .were reduced to one every fifth year, and the value of the presents carried by him was cut down to one half . Well-informed historians have contended that, by thus segregating herself from contact with the West, Japan's direct losses were small . Certainly it is true that she could
See also:Goss to not have learned much from European nations In japan by the 17th century . They had little to teach her in adopting the way of religious tolerance; in the way of inter-thePouayof national morality; in the way of social amenities'rd"sbon' and etiquette; in the way of
See also:artistic conception and execution; or in the way of that notable
See also:shibboleth of modern
See also:civilization, the open
See also:door and equal opportunities . Yet when all this is admitted, there remains the vital fact that Japan was thus shut off from the atmosphere of competition, and that for nearly two centuries and a half she never had an opportunity of warming her intelligence at the fire of international rivalry or deriving inspiration from an exchange of ideas . She stood comparatively still while the world went on, and the interval between her and the leading peoples of the Occident in matters of material civilization had become very wide before she awoke to a sense of its existence . The sequel of this page of her history has been faithfully summarized by a modern writer: " A more complete metamorphosis of a nation's policy could scarcely be conceived .
In 1541 we find the Japanese celebrated, or notorious, throughout the whole of the Far East for exploits abroad ; we find them known as the ` kings of the sea ' ; we find fhemj welcoming foreigners with cordiality and opposing no obstacles to foreign commerce or even to the propagandism of foreign creeds; we find them so
See also:quick to recognize the benefits of foreign trade and so
See also:apt to pursue them that, in the space of a few years, they establish commercial relations with no less than twenty over-sea markets; we find them authorizing the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to trade at every port in the empire ; we find, in short, all the elements requisite for a career of commercial enterprise, ocean-going adventure and industrial liberality . In 1641 everything is reversed . Trade is interdicted to all Western peoples except the Dutch, end they are confined to a little island zoo yards in length by 8o in width ; easy sight of Japan's northern island,
See also:Yezo, so that the aspect of foreign ships became quite
See also:familiar . From time to time American schooners were cast away on Japan's shores . Generally the survivors were treated with tolerable consideration and ultimately sent to Deshima for shipment to Batavia . Japanese sailors, too, driven out of their route by hurricanes and caught in the stream of the " Black Current," were occasionally carried to the Aleutian Islands, to
See also:Oregon or California, and in several instances these shipwrecked mariners were taken back to Japan with all kindness by American vessels . On such an errand of mercy the " Morrison " entered Yedo
See also:Bay in 1837, proceeding thence to Kagoshima, only to be driven away by
See also:cannon shot; and on such an errand the " Manhattan " in 1845 lay for four days at Uraga while her master (Mercater
See also:Cooper) collected books and charts . It would seem that his experience induced the
See also:Washington government to attempt the opening of Japan . A ninety-gun ship and a
See also:sloop were sent on the errand . They anchored off Uraga (July 1846) and Commodore Biddle made due application for trade . But he received a positive refusal, and having been instructed by his government to abstain from any act calculated to excite hostility or distrust, he quietly weighed anchor and sailed away . In this same year (1846) a French ship touched at the Riukiu (Luchu)
See also:archipelago and sought to persuade the islanders that their only security against British aggression was to D,.eat place themselves under the protection of France .
InBritain fact Great Britain was now beginning to interest herself reappears in south China, and more than one warning reached upon the scene . Yedo from Deshima that English war-ships might at any moment visit Japanese waters . The Dutch have been much blamed for thus attempting to
See also:prejudice Japan against the Occident, but if the dictates of commercial rivalry, as" it was then practised, do not constitute an ample explanation, it should be remembered that England and Holland had recently been enemies, and that the last British vessel,' seen at Nagasaki had gone there hoping to capture the annual Dutch trading-ship from Batavia . Deshima's warnings, however, remained unfulfilled, though they doubtless contributed to Japan's feeling of uneasiness . Then, in 1847, the king of Holland himself intervened . He sent to Yedo various books, together with a map of the world and a despatch advising Japan to abandon her policy of isolation . Within a few months (1849) of the
See also:receipt of his Dutch majesty's recommendation, an American brig, the " Preble," under
See also:Commander J . Glynn, anchored in Nagasaki harbour and threatened to
See also:bombard the town unless immediate delivery were made of 18
See also:seamen who, having been wrecked in northern waters, were held by the Japanese preparatory to shipment for Batavia . In 1849 another despatch reached Yedo from the king of Holland announcing that an American fleet might be expected in Japanese waters a year later, and that, unless Japan agreed to enter into friendly commercial relations, war must ensue . Appended to this despatch was an approximate draft of the treaty which would be presented for signature, together with a copy of a memorandum addressed by the Washington government to European nations, justifying the contemplated expedition on•the ground that it would inure to the advantage of Japan as well as to that of the Occident . In 1853, Commodore
See also:Perry, with a
See also:squadron of four ships-ofwar and 56o men, entered Uraga Bay . So formidable a foreign force had not been seen in Japanese waters since the coming of the Mongol
See also:Armada .
A panic ensued among ppeorry odors the people—the same people who, in the days of Hideyoshi or Iyeyasu, would have gone out to encounter these ships with assured confidence of victory . The contrast did not stop there . The shogun, whose ancestors had administered the country's affairs with absolutely autocratic authority, now summoned acouncil of the feudatories to consider the situation; and the Imperial court in KiOto, which never appealed for heaven's aid except in a national emergency such as had never been witnessed since the creation of the shogunate, now directed that at the seven principal shrines and at all the great temples special 'H.M.S . " Phaeton." which entered that port in 1808 . the least symptom of predilection for any alien creed exposes a Japanese subject to be punished with awful rigour; any attempt to leave the limits of the realm involves decapitation; not a ship large enough to pass beyond the shadow of the coast may be built . How-ever unwelcome the admission, it is apparent that for all these changes Christian propagandism was responsible . The policy of seclusion adopted by Japan in the early part of the 17th century and resolutely pursued until the middle of the 19th, was anti-Christian, not anti-foreign . The fact cannot be too clearly recognized . It is the chief lesson taught by the events outlined above . Throughout the whole of that period of isolation, Occidentals were not known to the Japanese by any of the terms now in common use, as gwaikoku jin, seiyo
See also:fan, or ijin, which embody the simple meanings ' foreigner, ' Westerner ' or ' alien ' : they were popularly called bateren (padres) . Thus completely had foreign intercourse and Christian propagandism become identified in the eyes of the people . And when it is remembered that foreign intercourse, associated with Christianity, had come to be synonymous in Japanese ears with foreign aggression, with the subversal of the mikado's ancient dynasty, and with the loss of the in-dependence of the ' country of the gods,' there is no difficulty in under-standing the attitude of the nation's mind towards this question." Foreign Intercourse in Modern Times.—From the middle of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th, Japan succeeded Dutch and in rigorously enforcing her policy of seclusion .
But Russian in the concluding days of this epoch two influences influence. began to disturb her self-sufficiency . One was thegradual infiltration of light from the outer world through the narrow window of the Dutch prison at Deshima; the other, frequent
See also:apparitions of Russian vessels on her northern coasts . The former was a slow process . It materialized first in the study of anatomy by a little group of youths who had acquired accidental knowledge of the radical difference between Dutch and Japanese conceptions as to the structure of the human body . The work of these students reads like a page of
See also:romance . With-out any appreciable knowledge of the Dutch language, they set themselves to decipher a Dutch medical
See also:book, obtained at enormous cost, and from this small beginning they passed to a vague but firm conviction that their country had fallen far behind the material and intellectual progress of the Occident . They laboured in secret, for the study of foreign books was then a criminal offence; yet the patriotism of one of their number out-weighed his prudence, and he boldly published a brochure advocating the construction of a navy and predicting a descent by the Russians on the northern
See also:borders of the empire . Before this prescient man had lain five months in prison, his foresight was verified by events . The Russians simulated at the outset a desire to establish commercial relations by peaceful means . Had the Japanese been better acquainted with the history of nations, they would have known how to interpret the idea of a Russian quest for commercial connexions in the Far East a hundred years ago . But they dealt with the question on its superficial merits, and, after imposing on the
See also:tsar's envoys a wearisome delay of several months at Nagasaki, addressed to them a peremptory refusal together with an order to leave that port forthwith . Incensed by such treatment, and by the subsequent imprisonment of a number of their fellow countrymen who had landed on the island of Etorofu in the Kuriles, the Russians resorted to armed reprisals .
The Japanese settlements in Sakhalin and Etorofu were raided and burned, other places were menaced and several Japanese vessels were destroyed . The lesson sank deep into the minds of the Yedo officials . They withdrew their veto against the study of foreign books, and they arrived in part at the reluctant conclusion that to offer armed opposition to the coming of foreign ships was a task somewhat beyond Japan's capacity . Japan ceased, however, to attract European attention amid the absorbing interest of the
See also:Napoleonic era, and the shogun's government, misinterpreting this
See also:respite, reverted to their old policy of stalwart resistance to foreign intercourse . Meanwhile another power was beginning to establish close contact with Japan . The whaling industry in Russian waters off American the coast of
See also:Alaska and in the seas of China and Japan Enterprise. had attracted large investments of American capital and was pursued yearly by thousands of American citizens . In one season 86 of these whaling vessels passed within prayers should be offered for the safety of the land and for the destruction of the aliens . Thus the appearance of the American squadron awoke in the cause of the country as a whole a spirit of patriotism hitherto confined to feudal interests . The shogun does not seem to have had any thought of invoking that spirit: his part in raising it was involuntary and his ministers behaved with perplexed vacillation . The infirmity of the Yedo Administration's purpose presented such a strong contrast to the single-minded resolution of the Imperial court that the
See also:prestige of the one was largely impaired and that of the other correspondingly enhanced . Perry, however, was without authority to support his proposals by any recourse to violence . The
See also:United States government had relied solely on the moral effect of his display of force, and his countrymen had supplied him with a large collection of the products of peaceful progress, from sewing
See also:machines to miniature railways .
He did not unduly
See also:press for a treaty, but after lying at anchor off Uraga during a period of ten days and after transmitting the
See also:president's letter to the sovereign of Japan, he steamed away on the 17th of July, announcing his return in the ensuing spring . The conduct of the Japanese subsequently to his departure showed how fully and rapidly they had acquired the conviction that the appliances of their old civilization were powerless to resist the resources of the new . Orders were issued rescinding the long-enforced veto against the construction of sea-going ships; the feudal chiefs were invited to build and arm large vessels; the Dutch were commissioned to furnish a ship of war and to procure from Europe all the best works on modern military science; every one who had acquired any expert know-ledge through the medium of Deshima was taken into official favour; forts were built; cannon were cast and troops were drilled . But from all this effort there resulted only fresh evidence of the country's inability to defy foreign insistence, and on the 2nd of
See also:December 1853, instructions were issued that if the Americans returned, they were to be dealt with peacefully . The sight of Perry's steam-propelled ships, their powerful guns and all the specimens they carried of western wonders, had practically broken down the barriers of Japan's isolation without any need of treaties or conventions . Perry returned in the following February, and after an interchange of courtesies and formalities extending over six
See also:weeks, obtained a treaty pledging japan to accord kind treatment to shipwrecked sailors; to permit foreign vessels to obtain stores and provisions within her territory, and to allow American ships to anchor in the ports at Shimoda and
See also:Hakodate . On this second occasion Perry had 10 ships with crews numbering two thousand, and when he landed to sign the treaty, he was escorted by a guard of honour mustering Soo strong in 27 boats . Much has been written about his judicious display of force and his sagacious tact in dealing with the Japanese, but it may be doubted whether the consequences of his exploit have not invested its methods with extravagant lustre . Standing on the
See also:threshold of modern Japan's wonderful career, his figure shines by the reflected light of its surroundings . Russia, Holland and England speedily secured for themselves treaties similar to that concluded by Commodore Perry in 1854 . First But Japan's doors still remained closed to foreign Treaty of commerce, and it was reserved for another.
See also:citizen Commerce, of the great republic to open them . This was Town-send
See also:Harris (1803-1878), the first U.S.
See also:consul-general in Japan .
Arriving in August 1856, he concluded, in June of the following year, a treaty securing to American citizens the privilege of permanent residence at Shimoda and Hakodate, the opening of Nagasaki, the right of consular jurisdiction and certainminor concessions . Still, however, permission for commercial inter-course was withheld, and Harris, convinced that this.great
See also:goal could not be reached unless he made his way to Yedo and con- ferred direct with the shogun's ministers, pressed persistently for leave to do so . Ten months elapsed before he succeeded, and such a display of reluctance on the Japanese side was very unfavourably criticized in the years immediately subsequent . Ignorance of the country's domestic politics inspired the critics . The Yedo administration, already weakened by the growth of a strong public sentiment in favour of abolishing the dual systemof government—that of the mikado in Kioto and that of the shogun in Yedo—had been still further discredited by its own timid policy as compared with the stalwart mien of the throne towards the question of foreign intercourse . Openly to sanction commercial relations at such a time would have been little short of reckless . The Perry
See also:convention and the first Harris convention could be construed, and were purposely construed, as mere acts of benevolence towards strangers; but a commercial treaty would not have lent itself to any such construction, and naturally the shogun's ministers hesitated to agree to an apparently suicidal step . Harris carried his point, however . He was received by the shogun in Yedo in
See also:November 1857, and on the 29th of July 1858 a treaty was signed in Yedo, engaging that
See also:Yokohama should be opened on the 4th of July 1859 and that commerce between the United States and Japan should thereafter be freely carried on there . This treaty was actually concluded by the shogun's Ministers in defiance of their failure tp obtain the sanction of the sovereign in Kioto . Foreign historians have found much to say about Japanese duplicity in concealing the subordinate position occupied by the Yedo administration towards the Kioto court . Such condemnation is not consistent with
See also:fuller knowledge .
The Yedo authorities had power to solve all problems of foreign intercourse without reference to
See also:Kiel-to . Iyeyasu had not seen any occasion to seek imperial assent when he granted unrestricted liberty of trade to the representatives of the East India Company, nor had Iyemitsu asked for Kioto's sanction when he issued his decree for the expulsion of all foreigners . If, in the 19th century, Yedo shrank from a responsibility which it had unhesitatingly assumed in the 17th, the cause was to be found, not in the shogun's simulation of autonomy, but in his desire to associate the throne with a policy which, while recognizing it to be unavoidable, he distrusted his own ability to make the nation accept . But his ministers had promised Harris that the treaty should be signed, and they kept their word, at a risk of which the United States' consul-general had no conception . Throughout these negotiations Harris spared no pains to create in the minds of the Japanese an intelligent conviction that the world could no longer be kept at arm's length, and though it is extremely problematical whether he would have succeeded had not the Japanese themselves already arrived at that very conviction, his patient and lucid expositions coupled with a winning
See also:personality undoubtedly produced much impression . He was largely assisted, too, by
See also:recent events in China, where the Peiho forts had been captured and the Chinese forced to sign a treaty at
See also:Tientsin . Harris warned the Japanese that the British fleet might be expected at any moment in Yedo Bay, and that the best way to avert irksome demands at the hands of the English was to establish a comparatively moderate precedent by yielding to America's proposals . This treaty could not be represented, as previous conventions _ had been, in the light of a .purely benevolent concession . It definitely provided for the trade and residence of foreign merchants, and thus finally thEffects e Treaty . erminated the of Japan's traditional isolation . Moreover, it had been concluded in defiance of the Throne's refusal to sanction anything of the kind . Much excitement resulted .
The nation ranged itself into three parties . One comprised the
See also:advocates of free intercourse and progressive liberality; another, while insisting that only the most limited privileges should be accorded to aliens, was of two minds as to the advisability of offering armed resistance at once or temporizing so as to gain time for preparation; the third advocated uncompromising seclusion . Once again the shogun convoked a
See also:meeting of the feudal barons, hoping to secure their co-operation . But with hardly an exception they pronounced against yielding . Thus the shogunate saw itself compelled to adopt a resolutely liberal policy: it issued a decree in that sense, and thenceforth the administrative court at Yedo and the Imperial court in Kioto stood in unequivocal opposition to each other, the Conservatives ranging them-selves on the side of the latter, the Liberals on that of the former . It was a situation full of perplexity to outsiders, and the foreign representatives misinterpreted it . They imagined that the shogun's ministers sought only to evade their treaty obligations and to render the situation intolerable for foreign residents, whereas in truth the situation threatened to become intolerable for the shogunate itself . Nevertheless the Yedo officials can-not be entirely acquitted of duplicity . Under pressure of the necessity of self-preservation they effected with Kioto a compromise which assigned to foreign intercourse a temporary character . The threatened political crisis was thus averted, but the enemies of the dual system of government gained strength daily . One of their devices was to assassinate foreigners in the hope of embroiling the shogunate with Western
See also:powers and thus either forcing its hand or precipitating its downfall . It is not wonderful, perhaps, that foreigners were deceived, especially as they approached the solution of Japanese problems with all the Occidental's habitual suspicion of everything
See also:Oriental .
Thus when the Yedo government, cognisant that serious dangers menaced the Yokohama settlement, took precautions to guard it, the foreign ministers convinced themselves that a deliberate piece of chicanery was being practised at their expense; that statecraft rather than truth had dictated the representations made to them by the Japanese authorities; and that the alarm of the latter was simulated for the purpose of finding a pretext to curtail the liberty enjoyed by foreigners . Therefore a suggestion that the inmates of the legations should show themselves as little as possible in the streets of the capital, where at any moment a desperado might cut them down, was treated almost as an insult . Then the Japanese authorities saw no recourse except to attach an armed escort to the person of every foreigner when he moved about the city . But even this precaution, which certainly was not adopted out of mere caprice or with any sinister design, excited fresh suspicions . The British representative, in
See also:reporting the event to his government, said that the Japanese had taken the opportunity to
See also:graft upon the establishment of spies, watchmen and
See also:police-officers at the several legations, a mounted escort to accompany the members whenever they moved about . Just at this time (1861) the Yedo statesmen, in order to reconcile the divergent views of the two courts, negotiated a Attacks
See also:marriage between the emperor's
See also:sister and the shogun . upon But in order to bring the union about, they had to Foreigners placate the Kioto Conservatives by a promise to expel and their foreigners from the country within ten years . When copse- this became known, it strengthened the hands of the gnences. reactionaries, and furnished a new weapon to Yedo's enemies, who interpreted the marriage as the beginning of a plot to dethrone the mikado . Murderous attacks upon foreigners became more frequent . Two of these assaults had momentous consequences . Three British subjects attempted to force their way through the cortege of the Satsuma feudal chief on the
See also:highway between Yokohama and Yedo . One of them was killed and the other two wounded .
This outrage was not in-spired by the "
See also:barbarian-expelling " sentiment: to any Japanese subject violating the rules of etiquette as these Englishmen had violated them, the same fate would have been meted out . Nevertheless, as the Satsuma daimyo refused to surrender his implicated vassals, and as the shogun's arm was not long enough to reach the most powerful feudatory in Japan, the British government sent a squadron to bombard his capital, Kagoshima . It was not a brilliant exploit in any sense, but its results were invaluable; for the operations of the British ships finally convinced the Satsuma men of their impotence in the face of Western armaments, and converted them into advocates of liberal progress . Three months previously to this
See also:bombardment of Kagoshima another puissant feudatory had thrown down the gauntlet . The Choshu chief, whose batteries commanded the entrance to the inland sea at Shimonoseki, opened fire upon ships flying the flags of the United States, of France and of Holland . In thus acting he obeyed an edict obtained by the extremists from the mikado without the knowledge of the shogun, which edict fixed the 11th of May 1863 as the date for practically inaugurating the foreigners-expulsion policy . Again the shogun's administrative competence proved inadequate to exact reparation, and a squadron, composed chiefly of British men-of-war, proceeding to Shimonoseki, demolished Choshu's forts, destroyed his ships and scattered his samurai . In the face of the Kagoshima bombardment and the Shimonoseki expedition, no Japanese subject could retain any faith in his country's ability to oppose Occidentals by force . Thus the year 1863 was memorable in Japan's history . It saw the " barbarian-expelling " agitation deprived of the emperor's sanction; it saw the two principal clans, Satsuma and Choshu, convinced of their country's impotence to defy the Occident; it saw the nation almost fully roused to the disintegrating and weakening effects of the feudal system; and it saw the traditional antipathy to foreigners beginning to be exchanged for a desire to study their civilization and to adopt its best features . The treaty concluded between the shogun's government and the United States in 1858 was of course followed by similar compacts with the principal European powers . Ratification From the outset these states agreed to co-operate (lithe for the assertion of their conventional privileges, Treaties. and they naturally took Great Britain for
See also:leader, though such a relation was never openly announced .
The treaties, however, continued during several years to lack imperial ratification, and, as time went by, that defect obtruded itself more and more upon the attention of their foreign signatories . The year 1865 saw British interests entrusted to the charge of
See also:Sir Harry Parkes, a man of keen insight, indomitable courage and some-what peremptory methods, learned during a long period of service in China . It happened that the post of Japanese secretary at the British legation in Yedo was then held by a remark-ably gifted young Englishman, who, in a comparatively brief interval, had acquired a good working knowledge of the Japanese language, and it happened also that the British legation in Yedo was already—as it has always been ever since—the best equipped institution of its class in japan . Aided by these facilities and by the researches of Mr Satow (afterwards Sir Ernest Satow) Parkes arrived at the conclusions that the Yedo government was tottering to its fall; that the resumption of administrative authority by the Kioto court would make for the interests not only of the West but also of Japan; and that the ratification of the treaties by the mikado would elucidate the situation for foreigners while being, at the same time, essential to the validity of the documents . Two other objects also presented themselves, namely, that the import duties fixed by the conventions should be reduced from 15 to 5% ad valorem, and that the ports of
See also:Hiogo and Osaka should be opened at once, instead of at the expiration of twc years as originally fixed . It was not proposed that these concessions should be entirely gratuitous . When the four-power flotilla destroyed the Shimonoseki batteries and sank the vessels lying there, a fine of three million dollars (some £750,000) had been imposed upon the daimyo of Choshu by way of ransom for, his capital, which lay at the mercy of the invaders . The daimyo of Choshu, however, was in open rebellion against the shogun; and as the latter could not collect the debt from the recalcitrant clansmen, while the four powers insisted on being paid by, some one, the Yedo treasury was finally compelled to shoulder the obligation . Two out of the three millions were still due, and Parkes conceived the idea of remitting this debt in exchange for the ratification of the treaties, the reduction of the customs tariff from 15 to 5% ad valorem and the immediate opening of Hiogo and Osaka . He took with him to the place of negotiation (Hiogo) a fleet of British, French and Dutch war-ships, for, while announcing peaceful intentions, he had accustomed himself to think that a display of force should occupy the fore-ground in all negotiations with Oriental states . This coup may be said to have sealed the fate of the shogunate . For here again was produced in a highly aggravated form the drama which had so greatly startled the nation eight years previously .
Perry had come with his war-ships to the portals of Yedo, and now a foreign fleet, twice as strong as Perry's, had anchored at the
See also:vestibule of the Imperial city itself . No rational Japanese could suppose that this parade of force was for purely peaceful purposes, or that rejection of the amicable bargain proposed by Great Britain's representative would be followed by the quiet withdrawal of the menacing fleet, whose terrible potentialities had been demonstrated at Kagoshima and Shimonoseki . The seclusionists, whose voices had been nearly silenced, raised them in renewed denunciation of the shogun's incompetence to
See also:guarantee the sacred city of KiOto against such trespasses, and the emperor, brought once more under the influence of the anti-foreign party, inflicted a heavy disgrace on the shogun by dismissing and punishing the officials to whom the latter had entrusted the conduct of negotiations at Hiogo . Such procedure on the part of the throne amounted to withdrawing the administrative commission held by the Tokugawa family since the days of Iyeyasu . The shogun resigned . But his adversaries not being yet ready to replace him, he was induced to resume office, with, however, fatally damaged prestige . As for the three-power squadron, it steamed away successful . Parkes had come prepared to write off the indemnity in exchange for three concessions . He obtained two of the concessions without remitting a
See also:dollar of the debt . The shogun did not long survive the humiliation thus inflicted on him . He died in the following year (1866), and Final Aaoa-was succeeded by Keiki, destined to be the last of don of the Tokugawa rulers . Nine years previously this Western same Keiki had been put forward by the seclusionists ci'w'
See also:candidate for the shogunate .
Yet no sooner did he attain that distinction in 1866 than he remodelled the army on French lines, engaged English officers to organize a navy, sent his brother to the
See also:Exhibition, and altered many of the forms and ceremonies of his court so as to bring them into accord with Occidental fashions . The contrast between the politics he represented when a candidate for office in 1857 and the practice he adopted on succeeding to power in 1866 furnished an apt illustration of the change that had come over the spirit of the time . The most bigoted of the exclusionists were now beginning to abandon all idea of expelling foreigners and to think mainly of acquiring the best elements of their civilization . The Japanese are slow to reach a decision but very quick to act upon it when reached . From 1866 onwards the new spirit rapidly permeated the whole nation; progress became the aim of all classes, and the country entered upon a career of intelligent assimilation which, in forty years, won for Japan a universally accorded place in the ranks of the great Occidental powers . After the abolition of the shogunate and the resumption of administrative functions by the Throne, one of the first acts Japan,. of the newly organized government was to invite claim for the foreign representatives to Kioto, where they Judicial had audience of the mikado . Subsequently a Autonomy. decree was issued, announcing the emperor's resolve to establish amicable relations with foreign countries, and " declaring that any Japanese subject thereafter guilty of violent behaviour towards a foreigner would not only act in opposition to the Imperial command, but would also be guilty of impairing the dignity and good faith of the nation in the ryes of the powers with which his majesty had pledged himself to maintain friendship." From that time the relations between Japan and foreign states grew yearly more amicable; the nation adopted the products of Western civilization with notable thoroughness, and the provisions of the treaties were carefully observed . Those treaties, however, presented one feature which very soon became exceedingly irksome to Japan . They exempted foreigners residing within her borders from the operation of her criminal laws, and secured to them the privilege of being arraigned solely before tribunals of their own nationality . That system had always been considered necessary where the subjects of Christian states visited or sojourned in non-Christian countries, and, for the purpose of giving effect to it, consular courts were established . This necessitated the confinement of foreign residents to settlements in the neighbour-hood of the consular courts, since it would have been imprudentto allow foreigners to have free access to districts remote from the only tribunals competent to
See also:control them . The Japanese raised no objection to the embodiment of this system in the treaties .
They recognized its necessity and even its expediency, for if, on the one hand, it infringed their country's sovereign rights, on the other, it prevented complications which must have ensued had they been entrusted with jurisdiction which they were not prepared to discharge satisfactorily . But the consular courts were not free from defects . A few of the powers organized competent tribunals presided over by judicial experts, but a majority of the treaty states, not having sufficiently large interests at stake, were content to delegate consular duties to merchants, not only deficient in legal training, but also themselves engaged in the very commercial transactions upon which they might at any moment be required to adjudicate in a magisterial capacity . In any circumstances the dual functions of consul and
See also:judge could not be discharged without
See also:anomaly by the same official, for he was obliged to act as
See also:advocate in the preliminary stages of complications about which, in his position as judge, he might ultimately have to deliver an impartial verdict . In practice, however, the system worked with tolerable smoothness, and might have remained long in force had not the patriotism of the Japanese rebelled bitterly against the implication that their country was unfit to exercise one of the fundamental attributes of every sovereign state, judicial autonomy . From the very outset they spared no effort to qualify for the recovery of this attribute . Revision of the country's laws and re-organization of its law courts would necessarily have been an essential feature of the general reforms suggested by contact with the Occident, but the question of consular jurisdiction certainly constituted a special incentive . Expert assistance was obtained from France and Germany; the best features of European
See also:jurisprudence were adapted to the conditions and usages of Japan; the law courts were remodelled, and steps were taken to educate a competent judiciary . In criminal law the example of France was chiefly followed; in commercial law that of Germany; and in civil law that of the Occident generally, with due regard to the customs of the country . The
See also:jury system was not adopted, collegiate courts being regarded as more conducive to
See also:justice, and the order of procedure went from tribunals of first instance to appeal courts and finally to the court of caseation . Schools of law were quickly opened, and a well-equipped
See also:bar soon came into existence . Twelve years after the inception of these great works, Japan made formal application for revision of the treaties on the basis of abolishing consular jurisdiction .
She had asked for revision in 187r, sending to Europe and America an important embassy to raise the question . But at that time the conditions originally calling for consular jurisdiction had not undergone any change such as would have justified its abolition, and the Japanese government, though very anxious to recover tariff autonomy as well as judicial, shrank from separating the two questions, lest by prematurely solving one the solution of the other might be unduly deferred . Thus the embassy failed, and though the problem attracted great academical interest from the first, it did not re-enter the field of practical politics until 1883 . The negotiations were long protracted . Never previously had an Oriental state received at the hands of the Occident recognition such as that now demanded by Japan, and the West naturally felt deep reluctance to try a wholly novel experiment . The United States had set a generous example by concluding a new treaty (1878) on the lines desired by Japan . But its operation was conditional on a similar act of compliance by the other treaty powers . Ill-informed European publicists ridiculed the Washington statesmen's attitude on this occasion, claiming that what had been given with one hand was taken back with the other . The truth is that the conditional provision was inserted at the request of Japan herself, who appreciated her own unpreparedness for the concession . From 1883, however, she was ready to accept full responsibility, and she therefore asked that all foreigners within her borders should thenceforth be subject to her laws and judiciable by her law-courts, supplementing her application by promising that its favourable reception should be followed by the complete opening of the country and the removal of all restrictions hitherto imposed on foreign trade, travel and residence in her realm . " From the first it had been the habit of Occidental peoples to upbraid Japan on account of the barriers opposed by her to full and free foreign intercourse, and she was now able to claim that these barriers were no longer maintained by her desire, but that they existed because of a system which theoretically proclaimed her unfitness for free association with Western nations, and practically made it impossible for her to throw open her territories completely for. the
See also:ingress of foreigners." She had a strong case, but on the side of the European powers extreme reluctance was manifested to try the unprecedented experiment of placing their people under the jurisdiction of an Oriental country . Still greater was the reluctance of those upon whom the experiment would be tried .
Foreigners residing in Japan naturally clung to consular jurisdiction as a privilege of inestimable value . They saw, indeed, that such a system could not be permanently imposed on a country where the conditions justifying it had nominally disappeared . But they saw, also, that the legal and judicial reforms effected by Japan had been crowded into an extraordinarily brief period, and that, as tyros experimenting with alien systems, the Japanese might be betrayed into many errors . The negotiations lasted for eleven years . They were begun in 1883 and a solution was not reached until 1894 . Finally European Recognition governments conceded the justice of Japan's case, by the and it was agreed that from July 1899 Japanese Powers. tribunals should assume jurisdiction over every person, of whatever nationality, within the confines of Japan, and the whole country should be thrown open to foreigners, all limitations upon trade, travel and residence being removed . Great Britain took the lead in thus releasing Japan from the fetters of the old system . The initiative came from her with special grace, for the system and all its irksome consequences had been originally imposed on Japan by a combination of powers with Great Britain in the
See also:van . As a matter of
See also:historical sequence the United States dictated the terms of the first treaty providing for consular jurisdiction . But from a very early period the Washington government showed its willingness to remove all limitations of Japan's
See also:sovereignty, whereas Europe, headed by Great Britain, whose preponderating interests entitled her to lead, resolutely refused to make any substantial concession . In Japanese eyes, therefore, British conservatism seemed to be the one serious obstacle, and since the British residents in the settlements far outnumbered all other nationalities, and since they alone had newspaper
See also:organs to ventilate their grievances—it was certainly fortunate for the popularity of her people in the Far East that Great Britain saw her way finally to set a liberal example . Nearly five years were required to bring the other Occidental powers into
See also:line with Great Britain and America .
It should be stated, however, that neither reluctance to make the necessary concessions nor want of sympathy with Japan caused the delay . The explanation is, first, that each set of negotiators sought to improve either the terms or the terminology of the treaties already concluded, and, secondly, that the tariff arrangements for the different countries required elaborate discussion . Until the last of the revised treaties was ratified, voices of protest against revision continued to be vehemently raised by a Reception large section of the foreign community in thesettle-given to the ments . Some were honestly apprehensive as to the Revised issue of the experiment . Others were swayed by treaties. racial prejudice . A few had fallen into an insuperable habit of grumbling, or found their account in advocating conservatism under pretence of championing foreign interests; and all were naturally reluctant to forfeit the immunity from taxation hitherto enjoyed . It seemed as though the inauguration of the new system would find the foreign community in a mood which must greatly diminish the chances of a happy result, for where a captious and aggrieved dispositionexists, opportunities to discover causes of complaint cannot be wanting . But at the eleventh
See also:hour this unfavourable demeanour underwent a marked change . So soon as it became evident that the old system was hopelessly doomed, the sound common sense of the European and American business man asserted itself . The foreign residents let it be seen that they intended to
See also:bow cheerfully to the inevitable, and that no obstacles would be willingly placed by them in the path of Japanese jurisdiction . The Japanese, on their side, took some promising steps . An Imperial rescript declared in unequivocal terms that it was the sovereign's policy and desire to abolish all distinctions between natives and foreigners, and that by fully carrying out the friendly purpose of the treaties his people would best consult his wishes, maintain the character of the nation, and promote its prestige .
The premier and other ministers of state issued instructions to the effect that the responsibility now devolved on the government, and the duty on the people, of enabling foreigners to reside confidently and contentedly in every part of the country . Even the chief Buddhist prelates addressed to the priests and parishioners in their dioceses injunctions pointing out that, freedom of conscience being now guaranteed by the constitution, men professing alien creeds must be treated as courteously as the followers of Buddhism, and must enjoy the same rights and privileges . Thus the great change was effected in circumstances of happy augury . Its results were successful on the whole . Foreigners residing in Japan now enjoy immunity ofdomicile, personal and religious liberty, freedom from official interference, and security of life and property as fully as though they were living in their own countries, and they have gradually learned to look with greatly increased respect upon Japanese law and its administrators . Next to the revision of the treaties and to the result of the great wars waged by Japan since the resumption of foreign inter-course, the most memorable incident in her modern Angiocareer was the conclusion, first, of an entente, and, Japanese secondly, of an offensive and defensive
See also:alliance Alliance. with Great Britain in January 1902 and September 1905, respectively . The entente set out by disavowing on the part of each of the contracting parties any aggressive tendency in either China or Korea, the independence of which two countries was explicitly recognized; and went on to declare that Great Britain in China and Japan in China and Korea might take indispensable means to safeguard their interests; while, if such measures involved one of the signatories in war with a third power, the other signatory would not only remain neutral but would also endeavour to prevent other powers from joining in hostilities against its ally, and would come to the assistance of the latter in the event of its being faced by two or more powers . The entente further recognized that Japan possessed, in a
See also:peculiar degree, political, commercial and industrial interests in Korea . This agreement, equally novel for each of the contracting parties, evidently tended to the benefit of Japan more than to that of Great Britain, inasmuch as the interests in question were vital from the former power's point of view but merely local from the latter's . The inequality was corrected by an offensive and defensive alliance in 1905 . For the
See also:scope of the agreement was then extended to India and eastern
See also:Asia generally, and while the signatories pledged themselves, on the one hand, to preserve the common interests of all powers in China by insuring her integrity and independence as well as the principle of equal opportunities for the commerce and industry of all nations within her borders, they agreed, on the other, to maintain their own territorial rights in eastern Asia and India, and to come to each other's armed assistance in the event of those rights being assailed by any other power or powers . These agreements have, of course, a close relation to the events which accompanied or immediately preceded them, but they also present a vivid and radical contrast between a country which, less than half a century previously, had struggled vehemently to remain secluded from the world, and a country which now allied itself with one of the most liberal and progressive nations for the purposes of a policy extending over the whole of eastern Asia and India .
This contrast was accentuated two years later (1907) when France and Russia concluded ententes with Japan, recognizing the in-dependence and integrity of the Chinese Empire, as well as the principle of equal opportunity for all nations in that country, and engaging to support each other for assuring peace and security there . Japan thus became a world power in the most unequivocal sense . Japan's Foreign Wars and Complications.—The earliest foreign war conducted by Japan is said to have taken place at the war with beginning of the 3rd century, when the empress
See also:Jingo Korea. led an army to the conquest of Korea . But as the event is supposed to have happened more than Soo years before the first Japanese record was written, its traditional details cannot be seriously discussed . There is, however, no room to doubt that from time to time in early ages Japanese troops were seen in Korea, though they made no permanent impression on the country . It was reserved for Hideyoshi, the taiko, to make the Korean peninsula the scene of a great over-sea campaign . Hideyoshi, the
See also:Napoleon of Japan, having brought the whole empire under his sway as the sequel of many years of incomparable generalship and statecraft, conceived the project of subjugating China . By some historians his motive has been described as a desire to find employment for the immense
See also:mob of armed men whom four centuries of almost continuous fighting had called into existence in Japan: he felt that domestic peace could not be permanently restored unless these restless spirits were occupied abroad . But although that object may have reinforced his purpose, his ambition aimed at nothing less than the conquest of China, and he regarded Korea merely as a stepping-
See also:stone to that aim . Had Korea consented to be put to such a use, she need not have fought or suffered . The Koreans, however, counted China invincible . They considered that Japan would be shattered by the first contact with the great empire, and therefore although, in the 13th century, they had given the use of their harbours to the Mongol invaders of Japan, they flatly refused in the 16th to allow their territory to be used for a Japanese invasion of China .
On the 24th of May 1592 the
See also:wave of invasion rolled against Korea's
See also:southern coast . Hideyoshi had chosen
See also:Nagoya in the province of Hizen as the home-base of his operations . There the sea separating Japan from the Korean peninsula narrows to a strait divided into two channels of almost equal width by the island of Tsushima . To reach this island from the Japanese side was an easy and safe task, but in the 56-mile channel that separated Tsushima from the peninsula an invading flotilla had to run the risk of attack by Korean war-ships . At Nagoya Hideyoshi assembled an army of over 300,000 men, of whom some 70,000 constituted the first fighting line, 87,000 the second, and the remainder formed a reserve to be subsequently drawn on as occasion demanded . The question of transport presented some difficulty, but it was solved by the simple expedient of ordering every feudatory to furnish two ships for each
See also:ioo,000 koku of his fief's revenue . These were not fighting vessels but mere transports . As for the plan of campaign, it was precisely in accord with modern principles of
See also:strategy, and bore witness to the daring
See also:genius of Hideyoshi . The van, consisting of three army corps and mustering in all 51,000 men, was to cross rapidly to Fusan, on the south coast of the peninsula, and immediately commence a movement northward towards the capital, Seoul, one corps moving by the eastern coast-road, one by the central route, and one by the western coast-line . Thereafter the other four corps, which formed the first fighting line, together with the corps under the direct orders of the commander-in-chief, Ukida Hideiye, were to cross, for the purpose of effectually subduing the regions through which the van had passed; and, finally, the two remaining corps of the second line were to be transported by sea up the west coast of the peninsula, to form a junction with the van which, by that time, should be preparing to pass into China over the northern boundary of Korea, namely, the Yalu
See also:River . For the landing place of these reinforcements the town of Phyong-yang was adopted, being easily accessible by the Taidong River from thecoast . In later ages Japanese armies were destined to move twice over these same regions, once to the invasion of China, once to the attack of Russia, and they adopted almost the same strategical plan as that mapped out by Hideyoshi in the year 1592 .
The forecast was that the Koreans would offer their chief resistance, first, at the capital, Seoul; next at Phyong-yang, and finally at the Yalu, as the approaches to all these places offered positions capable of being utilized to great advantage for defensive purposes . On the 24th of May 1592 the first army corps, under the command of Konishi Yukinaga, crossed unmolested to the peninsula; next day the castle of Fusan was carried Landing in by storm, which same fate befell, on the 27th, Korea and another and stronger fortress lying 3 miles inland Advance and garrisoned by 20,000 picked soldiers . The ofthe invaders were irresistible . From the landing-place ~nvaders. at Fusan to the
See also:gates of Seoul the distance is 267 miles . Konishi's corps covered that interval in 19 days, storming two forts, carrying two positions and fighting one pitched battle en route . On the 12th of June the Korean capital was in Japanese hands, and by the 16th four army corps had assembled there, while four others had effected a landing at Fusan . After a rest of 15 days the northward advance was resumed, and July 15th saw Phyong-yang in Japanese possession . The distance of 130 miles from Seoul to the Taidong had been traversed in 18 days, ro having been occupied in forcing the passage of a river which, if held with moderate resolution and skill, should have stopped the Japanese altogether . At this point, however, the invasion suffered a check owing to a cause which in modern times has received much attention, though in Hideyoshi's days it had been little considered; the Japanese lost the command of the sea . The Japanese idea of sea-fighting in those times was to use open boats propelled chiefly by oars . They closed as quickly as possible with the enemy, and then fell on with the Fighting trenchant swords which they used so skilfully. atsea . Now during the 15th century and part of the 16th the Chinese had been so harassed by Japanese piratical raids that their inventive genius, quickened by suffering, suggested a device for
See also:coping with these formidable adversaries .
Once allow the Japanese swordsman to come to close quarters and he carried all before him . To keep him at a distance, then, was the great desideratum, and the Chinese compassed this in maritime warfare by completely covering their boats with
See also:roofs of solid
See also:timber, so that those within were protected against missiles, while
See also:loop-holes and ports enabled them to pour bullets and arrows on a foe . The Koreans learned this device from the Chinese and were the first to employ it in actual warfare . Their own history alleges that they improved upon the Chinese model by nailing
See also:sheet iron over the roofs and sides of the " turtle-
See also:shell" craft and studding the whole
See also:surface with chevaux de frise, but Japanese annals indicate that in the great majority of cases solid timber alone was used . It seems strange that the Japanese should have been without any clear perception of the immense fighting superiority possessed by such protected war-vessels over small open boats . But certainly they were either ignorant or, indifferent . The fleet which they provided to hold the command of Korean waters did not include one vessel of any magnitude:, it consisted simply of some hundreds of
See also:row-boats manned by 7000 men . Hideyoshi himself was perhaps not without misgivings . Six years previously he had endeavoured to obtain two war-galleons from the Portuguese, and had he succeeded, the history of the Far East might have been radically different . Evidently, however, he committed a blunder which his country-men in modern times have conspicuously avoided; he drew the sword without having fully investigated his adversary's resources . Just about the time when the van of the Japanese army was entering Seoul, the Korean admiral, Yi Sun-sin, at the head of a fleet of 8o vessels, attacked the Japanese squadron which lay at anchor near the entrance to Fusan harbour, set 26 of the vessels on fire and dispersed the rest . Four other engagements ensued in rapid succession .
The last and most important took place shortly after the Japanese troops had seized Phyong-yang . It JAPAN 243 ear-
See also:mound) near the temple of Daibutsu in Kioto . Thereafter the statesmen to whom the regent on his death-
See also:bed had entrusted the duty of terminating the struggle and recalling the troops, intimated to the enemy that the evacuation of the peninsula might be obtained if a Korean prince repaired to Japan as envoy, and if some tiger-skins and
See also:ginseng were sent to Kioto in token of amity . So ended one of the greatest over-sea
See also:campaigns recorded in history . It had lasted 62 years, had seen 200,000 Japanese troops at one time on Korean soil, and had cost some-thing like a quarter of a million lives . From the recall of the Korea expedition in 1598 to the resumption of intercourse with the Occident in modern times, Japan enjoyed uninterrupted peace with foreign nations . Thereafter she had to engage in four wars . It is a cobetween ntrast striking contrast . During the first eleven centuries Foreign of her historical existence she was involved in only Relations in one contest abroad; during the next half century sheMddodero fought four times beyond the sea and was confronted Times. by many complications . Whatever material or moral advantages her association with the West conferred on her, it did not bring peace . The first menacing foreign complication with which the Japanese government of the Meiji era had to deal was connected with the
See also:traffic in Chinese labour, an abuse not yet The"
See also:mat*, wholly eradicated . In 1872, a Peruvian ship, the Luz" coif:-" Maria Luz," put into port at Yokohama, carryingpubon .
200contract labourers . One of the unfortunate men succeeded in reaching the shore and made a piteous appeal to the Japanese authorities, who at once seized the vessel and released her
See also:freight of slaves, for they were little better . The Japanese had not always been so particular . In the days of early foreign inter-course, before England's attitude towards
See also:slavery had established a new code of ethics, Portuguese ships had been permitted to carry away from Hirado, as they did from Macao, cargoes of men and women, doomed to a life of enforced toil if they survived the horrors of the voyage . But modern Japan followed the tenets of modern morality in such matters . Of course the Peruvian government protested, and for a time relations were strained almost to the point of rupture; but it was finally agreed that the question should be submitted to the arbitration of the tsar, who decided in Japan's favour . Japan's attitude in this affair elicited applause, not merely from the point of view of humanity, but also because of the confidence she showed in Occidental justice . Another complication which occupied the attention of the Tokyo government from the beginning of the Meiji era was in truth a
See also:legacy from the days of feudalism . In The those days the island of Yezo, as well as Sakhalin sakhalin on its north-west and the Kurile group on its north, comp/leacould scarcely be said to be in effective Japanese tion.-occupation . It is true that the feudal chief of Matsumae (now Fuku-
See also:yama), the remains of whose castle may still be seen on the coast at the southern extremity of the island of Yezo, exercised nominal jurisdiction; but his functions did not greatly exceed the levying of taxes on the aboriginal inhabitants of Yezo, the Kuriles and southern Sakhalin . Thus from the beginning of the 18th century Russian fishermen- began to settle in the Kuriles and Russian ships menaced Sakhalin . There can be no doubt that the first explorers of Sakhalin were Japanese .
As early as 162o, some vassals of the feudal chief of Matsumae visited the place and passed a winter there . It was then supposed to be a peninsula forming part of the Asiatic mainland, but in 1806 'a daring Japanese traveller, by name Mamiya Rinzo, made his way to Manchuria, voyaged up and down theAmur, and,
See also:crossing to Sakhalin, discovered that a narrow strait separated it from the mainland . There still prevails in the minds of many Occidentals a belief that the discovery of Sakhalin's insular character was reserved for Captain Nevelskoy, a Russian, who visited the place in 1849, but in Japan the fact had then been known for 43 years . Muravief, the great Russian empire-builder in East Asia, under whose orders Nevelskoy acted, quickly appreciated the necessity of acquiring Sakhalin, which commands the estuary of the Amur . resulted in the 'sinking of over 70 Japanese vessels, transports and fighting ships combined, which formed the main part of a flotilla carrying reinforcements by sea to the van of the invading army . This despatch of troops and supplies by water had been a leading feature of Hideyoshi's plan of campaign, and the destruction of the flotilla to which the duty was entrusted may be said to have sealed the fate of the war by isolating the army in Korea from its home base . It is true that Konishi Yukinaga, who commanded the first division, would have continued his northward march from Phyong-yang without delay . He argued that China was wholly unprepared, and that the best hope of ultimate victory lay in not giving her time to collect her forces . But the commander-in-chief, Ukida Hideiye, refused to endorse this plan . He took the view that since the Korean provinces were still offering desperate resistance, supplies could not be drawn from them, neither could the troops engaged in subjugating them be freed for service at the front . Therefore it was essential to await the consummation of the second phase of Hideyoshi's plan, namely, the despatch of reinforcements and munitions by water to Phyong-yang . The reader has seen how that second phase fared .
The Japanese commander at Phyongyang never received any accession of strength . His force suffered constant diminution from casualties, and the question of
See also:commissariat became daily more difficult . It is further plain to any reader of history—and Japanese historians themselves admit the fact—that no wise effort was made to conciliate the Korean people . They were treated so harshly that even the humble
See also:peasant took up arms, and thus the peninsula, instead of serving as a basis of supplies, had to be garrisoned perpetually by a strong army . The Koreans, having suffered for their loyalty to China, naturally looked to her for succour . Again and again appeals Chinese were made to
See also:Peking, and at length a force of 5000 Interven- men, which had been mobilized in the Liaotung tioa. peninsula, crossed the Yalu and moved south to Phyong-yang, where the Japanese van had been lying idle for over two months . This was early in October 1592 . Memorable as the first encounter between Japanese and Chinese, the incident also illustrated China's supreme confidence in her own ineffable superiority . The whole of the Korean forces had been driven northward throughout the entire length of the peninsula by the Japanese armies, yet Peking considered that 5000 Chinese " braves " would suffice to
See also:roll back this tide of invasion . Three thousand of the Chinese were killed and the remainder fled
See also:pell-mell across the Yalu . China now began to be seriously alarmed . She collected an army variously estimated at from 51,000 to 200,000 men, and marching it across Manchuria in the dead of winter, hurled it against Phyong-yang during the first week of February 1593 .
The Japanesegarrison did not exceed 20,000, nearly one-half of its original number having been detached to hold a line of forts which guarded the communications with Seoul . Moreover, the Chinese, though their swords were much inferior to the Japanese weapon, possessed great superiority in artillery and
See also:cavalry, as well as in the fact that their troopers wore iron
See also:mail which defied the keenest blade . Thus, after a severe fight, the Japanese had to evacuate Phyong-yang and fall back upon Seoul . But this one victory alone stands to China's credit . In all subsequent encounters of any magnitude her army suffered heavy defeats, losing on one occasion some 1o,000 men, on another 4000, and on a third 39,000 . But the presence of her forces and the determined resistanceoffered by the Koreans effectually saved China from invasion . Indeed, after the evacuation of Seoul, on the 9th of May 1593, Hideyoshi abandoned all idea of carrying the war into Chinese territory, and devoted his attention to obtaining honourable terms of peace, the Japanese troops meanwhile holding a line of forts along the southern coast of Korea . He died before that end had been accomplished . Had he lived a few days longer, he would have learned of a crushing defeat inflicted on the Chinese forces (at So-chhon, October 30, x598), when the Satsuma men under Shimazu Yoshihiro took 38,700 Chinese heads and sent the noses and ears to Japan, where they now lie buried under a
See also:tumulus (mimizuka, After the conclusion of the treaty of
See also:Aigun (1857) he visited Japan with a squadron, and required that the strait of La Perouse, which separates Sakhalin from Yezo, should be regarded as the frontier between Russia and Japan . This would have given the whole of Sakhalin to Russia . Japan refused, and Muravief immediately resorted to the policy he had already pursued with signal success in the Usuri region: he sent emigrants to settle in Sakhalin . Twice the shogunate attempted to frustrate this process of gradual absorption by proposing a division of the island along the 5oth parallel of north latitude, and finally, in 1872, the Meiji government offered to purchase the Russian portion for 2,000,000 dollars (then equivalent to about £400,000) .
See also:Petersburg, having by that time discovered the comparative worthlessness of the island as a wealth-earning possession, showed some signs of acquiescence, and possibly an agreement might have been reached had not a leading Japanese statesman—afterwards Count Kuroda—opposed the bargain as disadvantageous to Japan . Finally St Petersburg's perseverance won the day . In 1875 Japan agreed to recognize Russia's title to the whole island on condition that Russia similarly recognized Japan's title to the Kuriles . It was a singular compact . Russia
See also:purchased a Japanese property and paid for it with a part of Japan's belongings . These details form a curious preface to the fact that Sakhalin was destined, 3o years later, to be the scene of a Japanese invasion, in the sequel of which it was divided along the 5oth parallel as the shogun's administration had originally proposed . The first of Japan's four conflicts was an expedition to Formosa in 1874 . Insignificant from a military point of Military view, this affair derives vicarious interest from its Expedition effect upon the relations between China and Japan, to Formoza.and upon the question of the ownership of the Riukiu islands . These islands, which lie at a little distance south of Japan, had for centuries been regarded as an apanage of the Satsuma fief . The language and customs of their inhabitants showed unmistakable traces of relationship to the Japanese, and the possibility of the islands being included among the dominions of China had probably never occurred to any Japanese statesman . When therefore, in 1873, the crew of a wrecked Riukivan junk were barbarously treated by the inhabitants of northern Formosa, the Japanese government unhesitatingly assumed the responsibility of seeking redress for their outrage . Formosa being a part of the Chinese Empire, complaint was duly preferred in Peking .
But the Chinese authorities showed such resolute indifference to Japan's representations that the latter finally took the law into her own hands, and sent a small force to punish the Formosan murderers, who, of course, were found quite unable to offer any serious resistance . The Chinese government, now recognizing the fact that its territories had been invaded, lodged a protest which, but for the intervention of the British minister in Peking, might have involved the two empires in war . The final terms of arrangement were that, in consideration of Japan withdrawing her troops from Formosa, China should indemnify her to the extent of the expenses of the expedition . In sending this expedition to Formosa the government sought to placate the Satsuma samurai, who were beginning to show much opposition to certain features of the administrative reforms just inaugurated, and who claimed special interest in the affairs of the Riukiu islands . Had Japan needed anyconfirmation of her belief that the Riukiu islands belonged to her, the incidents and settlement of The RIBIdh the Formosan complication would have constituted complicit- conclusive evidence . Thus in 1876 she did not don. hesitate to extend her newly organized system of prefectural government to Riukiu, which thenceforth became the Okinawa prefecture, the former ruler of the islands being pensioned, according to the system followed in the case of the feudal chiefs in Japan proper . China at once entered an objection . She claimed that Riukiu had always been a tributary of her empire, and she was doubtless perfectly sincere in the contention . But China's interpretation of tribute did notseem reducible to a working theory . So long as her own advantage could be promoted, she regarded as a token of vassalage the presents periodically carried to her court from neighbouring states . So soon, however, as there arose any question of discharging a suzerain's duties, she classed these offerings as insignificant interchanges of neighbourly courtesy . It was true that Riukiu had followed the custom of despatching gift-bearing envoys to China from time to time, just as Japan herself had done, though with less regularity .
But it was also true that Riukiu had been subdued by Satsuma without China stretching out a hand to help her; that for two centuries the islands had been included in the Satsuma fief, and that China, in the sequel to the Formosan affair, had made a practical
See also:acknowledgment of Japan's
See also:superior title to protect the islanders . Each empire positively asserted its claims; but whereas Japan put hers into practice, China confined herself to remonstrances . Things remained in that state until 1880, when General
See also:Grant, visiting the East, suggested the advisability of a compromise . A
See also:conference met in Peking, and the plenipotentiaries agreed that the islands should be divided, Japan taking the northern group, China the southern . But on the eve of signature the Chinese plenipotentiary drew back,
See also:pleading that he had no authority to conclude an agreement without previously referring it to certain other dignitaries . Japan, sensible that she had been flouted, retired from the discussion and retained the islands, China's
See also:share in them being reduced to a grievance . From the 16th century, when the Korean peninsula was over-run by Japanese troops, its rulers made a habit of sending a present-bearing embassy to Japan to felicitate the The Korean accession of each shogun . But after the fall of complicit- the Tokugawa shogunate, the Korean court de- tion. sisted from this custom, declared a determination to have no further relations with a country embracing Western civilization, and refused even to receive a Japanese embassy . This conduct caused deep umbrage in Japan . Several prominent politicians cast their votes for war, and undoubtedly the sword would have been drawn had not the leading statesmen felt that a struggle with Korea, involving probably a rupture with China, must fatally check the progress of the administrative reforms then (1873) in their
See also:infancy . Two years later, however, the Koreans crowned their defiance by firing on the boats of a Japanese war-vessel engaged in the operation of coast-
See also:surveying . No choice now remained except to despatch an armed expedition against the truculent
See also:kingdom .
But Japan did not want to fight . In this matter she showed herself an apt pupil of Occidental methods such as had been practised against herself in former years . She assembled an imposing force of war-ships and transports, but instead of proceeding to extremities, she employed the squadron —which was by no means so strong as it seemed—to intimidate Korea into
See also:signing a treaty of amity and commerce, and opening three ports to foreign trade (1876) . That was the beginning of Korea's friendly relations with the outer world, and Japan naturally took credit for the fact that, thus early in her new career, she had become an instrument for extending the principle of universal intercourse opposed so strenuously by herself in the past . From time immemorial China's policy towards the petty states on her frontiers had been to utilize them as buffers for softening the shock of foreign contact, while contriving, at the same time, that her relations with them should involve no inconvenient responsibilities for herself . The aggressive impulses of the outside world were to be checked by an unproclaimed understanding that the territories of these states partook of the inviolability of China, while the states, on their side, must never expect their suzerain to bear the consequences of their acts . This arrangement, depending largely on sentiment and prestige, retained its validity in the atmosphere of Oriental seclusion, but quickly failed to endure the test of modern Occidental practicality .
See also:Annam, Siam and
See also:Burma were withdrawn, one by one, from the fiction of dependence on China and independence towards all other countries . But with regard to Korea, China proved more tenacious . The war with China . possession of the peninsula by a foreign power would have threatened the maritime route to the Chinese capital and given easy access to Manchuria, the
See also:cradle of the dynasty which ruled China . Therefore Peking statesmen endeavoured to preserve the old-time relations with the little kingdom .
But they could never persuade themselves to modify the indirect methods sanctioned by tradition . Instead of boldly declaring Korea a dependency of China, they sought to keep up the romance of ultimate dependency and intermediate sovereignty . Thus in 1876 Korea was suffered to conclude with Japan a treaty of which the first article declared her " an independent state enjoying the same rights as Japan, " and subsequently to make with the United States (1882), Great Britain (1883) and other powers, treaties in which her independence was constructively admitted . China, however, did not intend that Korea should exercise the independence thus conventionally recognized . A Chinese resident was placed in Seoul, and a system of steady though covert interference in Korea's affairs was inaugurated . The chief sufferer from these anomalous conditions was Japan . In all her dealings with Korea, in all complications that arose out of her comparatively large trade with the peninsula, in all questions connected with her numerous settlers there, she found herself negotiating with a dependency of China, and with officials who took their orders from the Chinese representative . China had long entertained a rooted apprehension of Japanese aggression in Korea—an apprehension not unwarranted by history—and that distrust tinged all the influence exerted by her agents there . On many occasions Japan was made sensible of the discrimination thus exercised against her . Little by little the consciousness roused her indignation, and although no single instance constituted a ground for strong international protest, the Japanese people gradually acquired a sense of being perpetually baffled, thwarted and humiliated by China's interference in Korean affairs . For thirty years China had treated Japan as a contemptible deserter from the Oriental standard, and had regarded her progressive efforts with openly disdainful aversion; while Japan, on her side, had chafed more and more to furnish some striking evidence of the wisdom of her preference for Western civilization . Even more serious were the consequences of Chinese interference from the point of view of Korean administration .
The rulers of the country lost all sense of national responsibility, and gave unrestrained sway to selfish ambition . The functions of the judiciary and of the executive alike came to be discharged by
See also:bribery only . Family interests predominated over those of the state . Taxes were imposed in proportion to the greed of local officials . No thought whatever was taken for the welfare of the people or for the development of the country's resources . Personal responsibility was unknown among officials . To be a member of the
See also:Min family, to which the
See also:queen belonged, was to possess a passport to office and an indemnity against the consequences of abuse of power . From time to time the advocates of progress or the victims of oppression rose in arms . They effected nothing except to recall to the world's recollection the miserable condition into which Korea had fallen . Chinese military aid was always furnished readily for the suppression of these risings, and thus the Min family learned to base its tenure of power on ability to conciliate China and on readiness to obey Chinese dictation, while the people at large fell into the apathetic condition of men who possess neither security of property nor national ambition . As a matter of state policy the Korean problem caused much anxiety to Japan . Her own security being deeply concerned in preserving Korea from the grasp of a Western power, she could not suffer the little kingdom to
See also:drift into a condition of such administrative incompetence and national debility that a strong aggressor might find at any moment a pretext for interference .
On two occasions (1882 and 1884) when China's armed intervention was employed in the interests of the Min to suppress movements of reform, the partisans of the victors, regarding Japan as the fountain of progressive tendencies, destroyed her legation in Seoul and compelled its inmates tofly from the city . Japan behaved with forbearance at these crises, but in the consequentnegotiations she acquired conventional titles that touched the core of China's alleged
See also:suzerainty . In 1882 her right to maintain troops in Seoul for the protection of her legation was admitted; in 1885 she concluded with China a convention by which each power pledged itself not to send troops to Korea without notifying the other . In the spring of 1894 a serious insurrection broke out in Korea, and the Min family appealed for China's aid . On the 6th of July 2500 Chinese troops embarked at Tientsin and TheRupwere transported to the peninsula, where they went tore with into
See also:camp at Ya-shan (Asan), on the south-west china . coast,
See also:notice of the measure being given by the Chinese government to the Japanese representative at Peking, according to treaty . During the interval immediately preceding these events, Japan had been rendered acutely sensible of China's arbitrary and unfriendly interference in Korea . Twice the efforts of the Japanese government to obtain redress for unlawful and ruinous commercial prohibitions had been thwarted by the Chinese representative in Seoul; and an
See also:ultimatum addressed from Tokyo to the Korean government had elicited from the viceroy Li in Tientsin a thinly veiled
See also:threat of Chinese armed opposition . Still more provocative of national indignation was China's procedure with regard to the murder of Kim Ok-kyun, the leader of progress in Korea, who had been for some years a refugee in Japan . Inveigled from Japan to China by a fellow-countryman sent from Seoul to assassinate him, Kim was shot in a Japanese hotel in
See also:Shanghai; and China, instead of punishing the murderer, conveyed him in a war-ship of her own to Korea to be publicly honoured . When, therefore, the Korean insurrection of 1894 induced the Min family again to solicit China's armed intervention, the Tokyo government concluded that, in the interests of Japan's security and of civilization in the Orient, steps must be taken to put an end to the
See also:misrule which offered incessant invitations to foreign aggression, and checked Korea's capacity to maintain its own independence . Japan did not claim for herself any rights or interests in the peninsula superior to those possessed there by China .
But there was not the remotestprobability that China, whose face had been contemptuously set against all the progressive measures adopted by japan during the preceding twenty-five years, would join in forcing upon a neighbouring kingdom the very reforms she herself despised, were her co-operation invited through ordinary diplomatic channels only . It was necessary to contrive a situation which would not only furnish clear proof of Japan's resolution, but also enable her to pursue her programme independently of Chinese endorsement, should the latter be finally unobtainable . She therefore met China's notice of a despatch of troops with a corresponding notice of her own, and the month of July 1894 found a Chinese force assembled at Asan and a Japanese force occupying positions in the neighbourhood of Seoul . China's motive for sending troops was nominally to quell the Tonghak insurrection, but really to re-affirm her own domination in the peninsula . Japan's motive was to secure such a• position as would enable her to insist upon the radically curative treatment of Korea's malady . Up to this point the two empires were strictly within their conventional rights . Each was entitled by treaty to send troops to Korea, provided that notice was given to the other . But China, in giving notice, described Korea as her "tributary state," thus thrusting into the forefront of the discussion a contention which Japan, from conciliatory motives, would have kept out of sight . Once formally advanced, however, the claim had to be challenged . In the treaty of amity and commerce concluded in 1876 between Japan and Korea, the two high contracting parties were explicitly declared to possess the same national status . Japan could not agree that a power which for nearly two decades she had acknowledged and treated as her equal should be openly classed as a tributary of China . She protested, but the Chinese statesmen took no notice of her protest .
They continued to apply the disputed appellation to Korea, and they further asserted their
See also:assumption of sovereignty in the peninsula by seeking to set limits to the number of troops sent by Japan, as well as to the sphere of their employment . Japan then proposed that the two empires should unite their efforts for the suppression of disturbances in Korea, and for the subsequent improvement of that kingdom's administration, the latter purpose to be pursued by the despatch of a joint commission of investigation . But China refused everything . Ready at all times to interfere by force of arms between the Korean people and the dominant political
See also:faction, she declined to interfere in any way for the promotion of reform . She even expressed supercilious surprise that Japan, while asserting Korea's independence, should suggest the idea of peremptorily reforming its administration . In short, for Chinese purposes the Peking statesmen openly declared Korea a tributary state; but for Japanese purposes theyinsisted that it must be held independent . They believed that their island neighbour aimed at the absorption of Korea into the Japanese empire . Viewed in the light of that suspicion, China's attitude became comprehensible, but her procedure was inconsistent, illogical and unpractical . The Tokyo cabinet now declared its resolve not to withdraw the Japanese troops without " some understanding that would guarantee the future peace, order, and good government of Korea," and since China still declined to come to such an understanding, Japan undertook the work of reform single-handed . The Chinese representative in Seoul threw his whole weight into the scale against the success of these reforms . But the de-Outbreak termining cause of rupture was in itself a belligerent of ffostm- operation . China's troops had been sent originally for ties. the purpose of quelling the Tonghak rebellion .
But the rebellion having died of inanition before the landing of the troops, their services were not required . Nevertheless China kept them in Korea, her declared reason for doing so being the presence of a Japanese military force . Throughout the subsequent negotiations the Chinese forces lay in an entrenched camp at Asan, while the Japanese occupied Seoul . An attempt on China's part to send reinforcements could be construed only as an unequivocal declaration of resolve to oppose Japan's proceedings by force of arms . Nevertheless China not only despatched troops by sea to strengthen the camp at Asan, but also sent an army overland across Korea's northern frontier . At this stage an act of war occurred . Three Chinese men-of-war, convoying a transport with 1200 men encountered and fired on three Japanese cruisers . One of the Chinese ships was taken; another was so shattered that she had to be beached and abandoned; the third escaped in a dilapidated condition; and the transport, refusing to surrender, was sunk . This happened on the 25th of July 1894, and an open declaration of war was made by each empire six days later . From the moment when Japan applied herself to break away from Oriental traditions, and to remove from her limbs the Remote fetters of Eastern conservatism, it was inevitable origin that a widening gulf should gradually grow between of the herself and China . The war of 1894 was really conflict. a contest between Japanese progress and Chinese stagnation . To secure Korean immunity from foreign—especially Russian—aggression was of capital importance to both empires .
Japan believed that such security could be attained by introducing into Korea the civilization which had contributed so signally to the development of her own strength and resources . China thought that she could guarantee it without any departure from old-fashioned methods, and by the same process of capricious protection which had failed so signally in the cases of Annam, Tongking, Burma and Siam . The issue really at stake was whether Japan should be suffered to act as the Eastern propagandist of Western progress, or whether her efforts in that cause should be held in check by Chinese conservatism . The war itself was a succession of triumphs for Japan . Four days after the first naval encounter she sent from Seoul a
See also:column of troops who routed the Chinese entrenched at Asan . Many of the fugitives effected their escape to Phyong-yang, a town on the Taidong River, offering excellent facilities for defence, and historically interesting as the place where a Japanese army of invasion had its first encounter with Chinese troops in 1592 . There the Chinese assembled a force of 17,000 men, and made leisurely preparations for a decisive contest . Forty days elapsed before the Japanese columns con-verged upon Phyong-yang, and that interval was utilized by the Chinese to throw up parapets, mount
See also:Krupp guns and otherwise strengthen their position . Moreover, they were armed with repeating rifles, whereas the Japanese had only single-loaders, and the ground offered little cover for an attacking force . In such circumstances, the advantages possessed by the defence ought to have been wellnigh insuperable; yet a day's fighting sufficed to carry all the positions, the assailants' casualties amounting to less than 700 and the defenders losing 6000 in killed and wounded . This brilliant victory was the prelude to an equally conspicuous success at sea . For on the 17th of September, the very day after the battle at Phyong-yang, a great naval fight took place near the mouth of the Yalu River, which forms the northern boundary of Korea .
Fourteen Chinese war-ships and six
See also:torpedo-boats were returning to home ports after convoying a fleet of transports to the Yalu, when they encountered eleven Japanese men-of-war cruising in the Yellow Sea . Hitherto the Chinese had sedulously avoided a contest at sea . Their fleet included two armoured battleships of over 7000 tons displacement, whereas the biggest vessels on the Japanese side were belted cruisers of only 4000 tons . In the hands of an admiral appreciating the value of sea power, China's naval force would certainly have been led against Japan's maritime communications, for a successful
See also:blow struck there must have put an end to the Korean campaign . The Chinese, however, failed to read history . They employed their war-vessels as convoys only, and, when not using them for that purpose, hid them in port . Everything goes to show that they would have avoided the battle off the Yalu had choice been possible, though when forced to fight they fought bravely . Four of their ships were sunk, and the remainder escaped to Wei-
See also:hai-wei, the vigour of the Japanese pursuit being greatly impaired by the presence of torpedo-boats in the retreating squadron . The Yalu victory opened the over-sea route to China . Japan could now strike at Talien, Port Arthur, and Wei-hai-wei, naval stations on the Liaotung and Shantung peninsulas, where powerful permanent fortifications, built after plans prepared by European experts and armed with the best modern weapons, were regarded as almost impregnable . They fell before the assaults of the Japanese troops as easily as the comparatively
See also:rude fortifications at Phyong-yang had fallen . The only resistance of a stubborn character was made by the Chinese fleet at Wei-haiwei; but after the whole squadron of torpedo-craft had been destroyed or captured as they attempted to escape, and after three of the largest vessels had been sunk at their moorings by Japanese torpedoes, and one by gun-fire, the remaining ships surrendered, and their brave commander, Admiral Ting, committed suicide .
This ended the war . It had lasted seven and a half months, during which time Japan put into the field five columns, aggregating about 120,000 of all arms . One of these columns marched northward from Seoul, won the battle of Phyong-yang, advanced to the Yalu, forced its way into Manchuria, and moved towards
See also:Mukden by Feng-hwang, fighting several minor engagements, and conducting the greater part of its operations amid deep
See also:snow in midwinter . The second column diverged westwards from the Yalu, and, marching through southern Manchuria, reached Hai-
See also:cheng, whence it advanced to the capture of Niuchwang and Ying-tse-kow . The third landed on the Liaotung peninsula, and, turning southwards, carried Talien and Port Arthur by assault . The fourth moved up the Liaotung peninsula, and, having seized Kaiping, advanced against Ying-tse-kow, where it joined hands. with the second column . The fifth crossed from Port Arthur to Wei-hai-wei, and captured the latter . In all these operations the total Japanese casualties were roo5 killed and 4922 wounded—figures which sufficiently indicate the inefficiency of the Chinese" fighting . The deaths from disease totalled 16,866, and the total monetary expenditure was £20,000,000 sterling . Events of the War . The Chinese government sent Li Hung-chang, viceroy of Pechili and senior grand secretary of state, and Li Ching-fong, to discuss terms of peace with Japan, the latter being Conclusion of peace. ase. represented by
See also:Marquis (afterwards Prince)
See also:Ito and of Count
See also:prime minister and minister for foreign affairs, respectively . A treaty was signed at Shimonoseki on the 17th of April 18gs, and subsequently ratified by the sovereigns of the two empires .
It declared theabsolute independence of Korea; ceded to Japan the part of Manchuria lying south of a line drawn from the mouth of the river Anping to the mouth of the Liao, through Feng-hwang, Hai-cheng and Ying-tse-kow, as well as the islands of Formosa and the
See also:Pescadores; pledged China to pay an indemnity of 200,000,000 taels; provided for the occupation of Wei-hai-wei by Japan pending payment of the indemnity; secured some additional commercial privileges, such as the opening of four new places to foreign trade and the right of foreigners to engage in manufacturing enterprises in China, and provided for the conclusion of a treaty of commerce and amity between the two empires, based on the lines of China's treaties with Occidental powers . No sooner was this agreement ratified than Russia, Germany and France presented a joint note to the Tokyo government, Foreign recommending that the territories ceded to Japan on Inter the mainland of China should not be permanently fienc. occupied, as such a proceeding would be detrimental to peace . The recommendation was couched in the usual terms of diplomatic courtesy, but everything indicated that its signatories were prepared to enforce their advice by an appeal to arms . Japan found herself compelled to comply . Exhausted by the Chinese campaign, which had drained her treasury, consumed her supplies of warlike material, and kept her squadrons constantly at sea for eight months, she had no
See also:residue of strength to oppose such a coalition . Her resolve was quickly taken . The day that saw the publication of the ratified treaty saw also the issue of an Imperial rescript in which the mikado, avowing his unalterable devotion to the cause of peace, and recognizing that the counsel offered by the European states was prompted by the same sentiment, "yielded to the dictates of magnanimity, and accepted the advice of the three Powers." The Japanese people were shocked by this incident . They could understand the motives influencing Russia and France, for it was evidently natural that the former should desire to exclude warlike and progressive people like the Japanese from territories contiguous to her borders, and it was also natural that France should remain true to her alliance with Russia . But Germany, wholly uninterested in the ownership of Manchuria, and by profession a warm friend of Japan, seemed to have joined in robbing the latter of the fruits of her victory simply for the sake of establishing some shadowy title to Russia's goodwill . It was not known until a later period that the German emperor entertained profound apprehensions about the " yellow peril," an irruption of Oriental hordes into the Occident, and held it a sacred duty to prevent Japan from gaining a position which might enable her to construct an immense military machine out of the countless millions of China . Japan's third expedition over-sea in the Meiji era had its origin in causes which belong to the history of China (q.v.) . Chinese In the second half of 1900 an anti-foreign and anti-Crisis of dynastic rebellion, breaking out in Shantung, spread 19oo. to the metropolitan province of Pechili, and resulted in a situation of extreme peril for the foreign communities of Tientsin and Peking .
It was impossible for any European power, or for the United States, to organize sufficiently prompt measures of relief . Thus the eyes of the world turned to Japan, whose proximity to the scene of disturbance rendered intervention comparatively easy for her . But Japan hesitated . Knowing now with what suspicion and distrust the development of her resources and the growth of her military strength were regarded by some European peoples, and aware that she had been admitted to thecomity of Western nations on sufferance, she shrank, on the one hand, from seeming to grasp at an opportunity for armed display, and, on the other, from the solecism of obtru-siveness in the society of strangers . Not until Europe and America made it quite plain that they needed and desired her aid did she send a division (21,000) men to Pechili . Her troops played a fine part in the subsequent expedition for the relief of Peking, which had to be approached in midsummer under very trying conditions . Fighting side by side with European and American soldiers, and under the eyes of competent military critics, the Japanese acquitted themselves in such a manner as to establish a high military reputation . Further, after the relief of Peking they withdrew a moiety of their forces, and that step, as well as their unequivocal co-operation with Western powers in the subsequent negotiations, helped to show the injustice of the suspicions with which they had been regarded . From the time (1895) when Russia, with the co-operation of Germany and France, dictated to Japan a
See also:cardinal alteration of the Shimonoseki treaty, Japanese statesmen seem to have concluded that their country must one day cross swords with the great northern power . Not a few European and American publicists shared that view . But the vast majority, arguing that the little Eastern empire would never invite annihilation by such an encounter, believed that sufficient forbearance to avert serious trouble would always be forthcoming on Japan's side . Yet when the geographical and historical situation was carefully considered, little hope of an ultimately peaceful settlement presented itself .
Japan along its western shore, Korea along its southern and eastern, and Russia along the eastern coast of its maritime province, are washed by the Sea of Japan . The communications between the sea and the Pacific Ocean are practically two only . One is on the north-east, namely, Tsugaru Strait; the other is on the south, namely, the channel between the extremity of the Korean peninsula and the Japanese island of the nine provinces . Tsugaru Strait is entirely under Japan's control . It is between her main island and her island of Yezo, and in case of need she can close it with mines . The channel between the southern extremity of Korea and Japan has a width of 102 M. and would therefore be a fine open sea-way were it free from islands . But almost mid-way in this channel lie the twin islands of Tsushima, and the space of 56 m. that separates them from Japan is narrowed by another island,
See also:Iki . Tsushima and Iki belong to the Japanese empire . The former has some exceptionally good harbours, constituting a naval base from which the channel on either side could easily be sealed . Thus the avenues from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Japan are con-trolled by the Japanese empire . In other words, access to the Pacific from Korea's eastern and southern coasts and access to the Pacific from Russia's maritime province depend upon Japan's goodwill . So far as Korea was concerned this question mattered little, it being her fate to depend upon the good-will of Japan in affairs of much greater importance .
But with Russia the case was different .
See also:Vladivostok, which until recent times was her principal port in the Far East, lies at the southern extremity of the maritime province; that is to say, on the north-western shore of the Japan Sea . It was therefore necessary for Russia that freedom of passage by the Tsushima channel should be secured, and to secure it one of two things was essential, namely, either that she herself should possess a fortified port on the Korean side, or that Japan should be bound neither to acquire such a port nor to impose any restriction upon the navigation of the strait . To put the matter briefly, Russia must either acquire a strong foothold for herself in southern Korea, or contrive that Japan should Rot acquire one . There was here a strong inducement for Russian aggression in Korea . Russia's eastward movement through Asia has been strikingly illustrative of her strong craving for free access to southern seas and of the impediments she had experienced in gratifying that wish . An irresistible impulse had driven her oceanward . Checked again and again in her attempts to reach the Mediterranean, she set out on a five-thousand-miles march of conquest right across the vast Asiatic continent towards the Pacific . Eastward of Lake Baikal she found her line of least resistance along the Amur, and when, owing to the restless perseverance War with Russia . of Muravief, she reached the mouth of that great river, the acquisition of
See also:Nikolayevsk for a naval basis was her immediate reward . But Nikolayevsk could not possibly satisfy her . Situated in an inhospitable region far away from all the main routes of the world's commerce, it offered itself only as a stepping-stone to further acquisitions .
To push southward from this new port became an immediate object to Russia . There lay an obstacle in the way, however; the long
See also:strip of sea-coast from the mouth of the Amur to the Korean frontier—an
See also:area then called the Usuri region because the Usuri forms its western boundary—belonged to China, and she, having conceded much to Russia in the matter of the Amur, showed no disposition to make further concessions in the matter of the Usuri . In the presence of menaces, however, she agreed that the region should be regarded as common property pending a convenient opportunity for clear delimitation . That opportunity came very soon . Seizing the moment (186o) when China had been beaten to her knees by England and France, Russia secured final cession of the Usuri region, which now became the maritime province of
See also:Siberia . Then Russia shifted her naval base on the Pacific from Nikolayevsk to Vladivostok . She gained ten degrees in a southerly direction . From the mouth of the Amur, where Nikolayevsk is situated, to the southern shore of Korea there rests on the coast of eastern Asia an arch of islands having at its northern point Sakhalin and at its southern Tsushima, the
See also:keystone of the arch being the main island of Japan . This arch embraces the Sea of Japan and is washed on its
See also:convex side by the Pacific Ocean . Immediately after the transfer of Russia's naval base from Nikolayevsk to Vladivostok, an attempt was made to obtain possession of the southern point of the arch, namely, Tsushima . A Russian man-of-war proceeded thither and quietly began to establish a settlement, which would soon have constituted a title of ownership had not Great Britain interfered . The Russians saw that Vladivostok, acquired at the cost of so much toil, would be comparatively useless unless from the sea on whose shore it was situated an avenue to the Pacific could be opened, and they therefore tried to obtain command of the Tsushima channel .
Immediately after reaching the mouth of the Amur the same
See also:instinct had led them to begin the colonization of Sakhalin . The
See also:axis of this long narrow island is inclined at a very acute
See also:angle to the Usuri region, which its northern extremity almost touches, while its southern is separated from Yezo by the strait of La Perouse . But in Sakhalin the Russians found Japanese subjects . In fact the island was a part of the Japanese empire . Resorting, however, to the Usuri fiction of joint occupation, they succeeded by 187 5 in transferring the whole of Sakhalin to Russia's dominion . Further encroachments upon Japanese territory could not be lightly essayed, and the Russians held their hands . They had been trebly checked: checked in trying to push southward along the coast of the mainland; checked in trying to secure an avenue from Vladivostok to the Pacific; and checked in their search for an ice-free port, which definition Vladivostok did not fulfil . Enterprise in the direction of Korea seemed to be the only hope of saving the maritime results of the great Trans-Asian march . Was Korea within safe range of such enterprises ? Everything seemed to answer in the affirmative . Korea had all the qualifications desired by an aggressor . Her people were unprogressive, her resources undeveloped, her self-defensive capacities insignificant, her government corrupt .
But she was a tributary of China, and China had begun to show some tenacity in protecting the integrity of her buffer states . Besides, Japan was understood to have pretensions with regard to Korea . On the whole, therefore, the problem of carrying to full fruition the work of Muravief and his lieutenants demanded strength greater than Russia could exercise without some line of communications supplementing the Amur waterway and the long ocean route . Therefore she set about the construction of a railway across Asia . The Amur being the boundary of Russia's east Asian territory, this railway had to be carried along its northern bank wheremany engineering and economic obstacles presented themselves . Besides, the river, from an early stage in its course, makes a huge semicircular sweep northward, and a railway following its bank to Vladivostok must make the same detour . If, on the contrary, the. road could be carried over thediameter of the semi-circle, it would be a straight and therefore shorter line, technically easier and economically better . The diameter, however, passed through Chinese territory, and an excuse for extorting China's permission was not in sight . Russia therefore proceeded to build each end of the road, deferring the construction of the Amur section for the moment . She had not waited long when, in 1894, war broke out between China and Japan, and the latter, completely victorious, demanded as the price of peace the southern littoral of Manchuria from the Korean boundary to the Liaotung peninsula at the entrance to the Gulf of Pechili . This was a crisis in Russia's career . She saw that her maritime extension could never get nearer to the Pacific than Vladivostok were this claim of Japan's established .
For the proposed arrangement would place the littoral of Manchuria in Japan's direct occupation and the littoral of Korea in her constructive control, since not only had she fought to
See also:rescue Korea from Chinese suzerainty, but also her object in demanding a slice of the Manchurian coast-line was to protect Korea against aggression from the north; that is to say, against aggression from Russia . Muravief's enterprise had carried his country first to the mouth of the Amur and thence southward along the coast to Vladivostok and to Possiet Bay at the north-eastern extremity of Korea . But it had not given to Russia free access to the Pacific, and now she was menaced with a perpetual barrier to that access, since the whole remaining coast of east Asia as far as the Gulf of Pechili was about to pass into Japan's possession or under her domination . Then Russia took an extraordinary step . She persuaded Germany and France to force Japan out of Manchuria . It is not to be supposed that she frankly exposed her own aggressive designs and asked for assistance to prosecute them . Neither is it to be supposed that France and Germany were so curiously deficient in perspicacity as to overlook those designs . At all events these three great powers served on Japan a notice to quit, and Japan, exhausted by her struggle with China, had no choice but to obey . The notice was accompanied by an expose of reasons . Its signatories said that Japan's tenure of the Manchurian littoral would menace the security of the Chinese capital, would render the independence of Korea illusory, and would constitute an obstacle to the peace of the Orient., By way of saving the situation in some slight degree Japan sought from China a guarantee that no portion of Manchuria should thereafter be leased or ceded to a foreign state . But France warned Japan that to press such a demand would offend Russia, and Russia declared that, for her part, she had no intention of trespassing in Manchuria . Japan, had she been in a position to insist on the guarantee, would also have' been in a position to disobey the mandate of the three powers .
Unable to do either the one or the other, she quietly stepped out of Manchuria, and proceeded to double her army and
See also:treble her navy . As a reward for the assistance nominally rendered to China in this matter, Russia obtained permission in Peking to divert her Trans-Asian railway from the huge
See also:bend of the Amur to the straight line through Manchuria . Neither Germany nor France received any immediate recompense . Three years later, by way of indemnity for the murder of two missionaries by a mob, Germany seized a portion of the province of Shantung . Immediately, on the principle that two wrongs make a right, Russia obtained a lease of the Liaotung peninsula, from which she had driven Japan in 1895 . This act she followed by extorting from China permission to construct a branch of the Trans-Asian railway through Manchuria from north to south . Russia's maritime aspirations had now assumed a radically altered phase . Instead of pushing southward from Vladivostok and Possiet Bay along the coast of Korea, she had suddenly leaped the Korean peninsula and found access to the Pacific in Liaotung . Nothing was wanting to establish her as practical
See also:mistress of Manchuria except a plausible excuse for garrisoning the place . Such an excuse was furnished by the Boxer rising in 1900 . Its conclusion saw her in military occupation of the whole region, and she might easily have made her occupation permanent by prolonging it until peace and order should have been fully restored . But here she fell into an error of judgment .
Imagining that the Chinese could be persuaded or intimidated to any concession, she proposed a convention virtually recognizing her title to Manchuria . Japan watched all these things with profound anxiety . If there were any reality in the dangers which Russia, Germany and France had declared to be incidental to Japanese occupation of a part of Manchuria, the same dangers must be doubly incidental to Russian occupation of the whole of Manchuria—the security of the Chinese capital would be threatened, and an obstacle would be created to the permanent peace of the East . The independence of Korea was an object of supreme solicitude to Japan . Historically she held towards the little state a relation closely resembling that of suzerain, and though of her ancient conquests nothing remained except a settlement at Fusan on the southern coast, her national sentiment would have been deeply wounded by any foreign aggression in the peninsula . It was to establish Korean independence that she waged war with China in 1894; and herannexation of the Manchurian littoral adjacent to the Korean frontier, after the war, was designed to secure that independence, not to menace it as the triple alliance professed to think . But if Russia came into possession of all Manchuria, her subsequent absorption of Korea would be almost inevitable . For the consideration set forth above as to Vladivostok's maritime avenues would then acquire absolute cogency . Manchuria is larger than France and the United Kingdom lumped together . The addition of such an immense area to Russia's east Asiatic dominions, together with its littoral on the Gulf of Pechili and the Yellow Sea, would necessitate a corresponding expansion of her naval forces in the Far East . With the one exception of Port Arthur, however, the Manchurian coast does not offer any convenient naval base . It is only in the splendid harbours of southern Korea that such bases can be found .
Moreover, there would be an even stronger motive impelling Russia towards Korea . Neither the Usuri region nor the Manchurian littoral possesses so much as one port qualified to satisfy her perennial longing for free access to the ocean in a temperatezone . Without Korea, then, Russia's east Asian expansion, though it added huge blocks of territory to her dominions, would have been commercially incomplete and strategically defective . If it be asked why, apart from history and national sentiment, Japan should object to a Russian Korea, the answer is, first, because there would thus be planted almost within cannon-shot of her shores a power of enormous strength and insatiable ambition; secondly, because, whatever
See also:voice in Manchuria's destiny Russia derived from her railway, the same voice in Korea's destiny was possessed by Japan as the sole owner of railways in the peninsula; thirdly, that whereas Russia had an altogether insignificant share in the foreign commerce of Korea and scarcely ten bona-fide settlers, Japan did the greater part of the over-sea trade and had tens of thousands of settlers; fourthly, that if Russia's dominions stretched uninterruptedly from the Sea of
See also:Okhotsk to the Gulf of Pechili, her ultimate absorption of north China would be as certain as sunrise; and fifthly, that such domination and such absorption would involve the practical closure of all that immense region to Japanese commerce and industry as well as to the commerce and industry of every Western nation except Russia . This last proposition did not rest solely on the fact that to oppose artificial barriers to free competition is Russia's sole hope of utilizing to her own benefit any commercial opportunities brought within her reach . It rested also on the fact that Russia had objected to foreign settlements at the marts recently opened by treaty with China to American and Japanese subjects . Without settlements,trade at those marts would be impossible, and thus Russia had constructively announced that there should be no trade but Russian, if she could prevent it . Against such dangers Japan would have been justified in adopting any measure of self-protection . She had foreseen them for six years, and had been strengthening herself to avert them . But she wanted peace . She wanted to develop her material resources and to accumulate some measure of wealth, without which she must remain insignificant among the nations . Two pacific devices offered, and she adopted them both .
Russia, instead of trusting time to consolidate her tenure of Manchuria, had made the
See also:mistake of pragmatically importuning China for a conventional title . If then Peking could be strengthened to resist this demand, some arrangement of a distinctly terminable nature might be made . The United States, Great Britain and Japan, joining hands for that purpose, did succeed in so far stiffening China's backbone that her show of resolution finally induced Russia to sign a treaty pledging herself to withdraw her troops from Manchuria in three instalments, each step of evacuation to be accomplished by a fixed date . That was one of the pacific devices . The other suggested itself in connexion with the new commercial treaties which China had promised to negotiate in the sequel of the Boxer troubles . In these documents clauses provided for the opening of three places in Manchuria to foreign trade . It seemed a reasonable hope that, having secured commercial access to Manchuria by
See also:covenant with its sovereign, China, the powers would not allow Russia arbitrarily to restrict their privileges . It seemed also a reason-able hope that Russia, having solemnly promised to evacuate Manchuria at fixed dates, would fulfil her engagement . The latter hope was signally disappointed . When the time came for evacuation, Russia behaved as though no promise had ever been given . She proposed wholly new conditions, which would have strengthened her grasp of Manchuria instead of loosening it . China being powerless to offer any practical protest, and Japan's interests ranking next in order of importance, the Tokyo government approached Russia direct .
They did not ask for anything that could hurt her
See also:pride or injure her position . Appreciating fully the economical status she had acquired in Manchuria by large outlays of capital, they offered to recognize that status, provided that Russia would extend similar recognition to Japan's status in Korea, would promise, in common with Japan, to respect the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of China and Korea, and would be a party to a mutual engagement that all nations should have equal industrial and commercial opportunities in Manchuria and the Korean peninsula . In a word, they invited Russia to subscribe the policy enunciated by the United States and Great Britain, the policy of the open door and of the integrity of the Chinese and Korean empires . Thus commenced a negotiation which lasted five and a half months . Japan gradually reduced her demands to a minimum . Russia never made the smallest appreciable concession . She refused to listen to Japan for one moment about Manchuria . Eight years previously Japan had been in military possession of Manchuria, and Russia with the assistance of Germany and France had expelled her for reasons which concerned Japan incomparably more than they concerned any of the three powers—the security of the Chinese capital, the independence of Korea, the peace of the East . Now, Russia had the splendid assurance to declare by implication that none of these things concerned Japan at all . The utmost she would admit was Japan's partial right to be heard about Korea . And at the same time she herself commenced in northern Korea a series of aggressions, partly perhaps to show her potentialities, partly by way of
See also:counter-irritant . That was not all .
Whilst she studiously deferred her answers to Japan's proposals and protracted the negotiations to an extent which was actually contumelious, she hastened to send eastward a big fleet of war-ships and a new army of soldiers . It was impossible for the dullest politician to mistake her purpose . She intended to yield nothing, but to prepare such a parade of force that her obduracy would command submission . The only alternatives for Japan were war or total and permanent effacement in Asia . She chose war, and in fighting it she fought the battle of free and equal opportunities for all without undue encroachment upon the sovereign rights or territorial integrity of China or Korea, against a military dictatorship, a programme of ruthless territorial aggrandizement and a policy of selfish restrictions . The details of the great struggle that ensued are given else- where (see Russo-JAPANESE WAR) . After the battle of Mukden the belligerents found themselves in a position which must either prelude another stupendous effort on both sides or be utilized for the purpose of peace negotiations . At this point the president of the United States of America intervened in the interests of humanity, and on the 9th of June 1905 instructed the United States' representative in Tokyo to urge that the Japanese government should open direct negotiations with Russia, an exactly corresponding note being simultaneously sent to the Russian government through the United States' representative in St Petersburg . Japan's reply was made on the loth of June . It intimated
See also:frank acquiescence, and Russia lost no time in taking a similar step . Nevertheless two months elapsed before the plenipotentiaries of the belligerents met, on the loth of August, at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A . Russia sent M .
(afterwards Count) deWitte and Baron Rosen; Japan, Baron (afterwards Count)
See also:Komura, who had held the
See also:portfolio of foreign affairs throughout the war, and Mr . (afterwards Baron) Takahira . In entering this conference, Japanese statesmen, as was subsequently known, saw clearly that a great part of the credit accruing to them for their successful conduct of the war would be forfeited in the sequel of the negotiations . For the people of japan had accustomed themselves to expect that Russia would assuredly recoup the expenses incurred by their country in the contest, whereas the cabinet in Tokyo understood well that to look for payment of indemnity by a great state whose territory had not been invaded effectively nor its existence menaced must be futile . Nevertheless, diplomacy required that this conviction should be concealed, and thus Russia carried to the conference a belief that the financial phase of the discussion would be
See also:crucial, while, at the same time, the Japanese nation reckoned fully on an indemnity of 150 millions sterling . Baron Komura's mandate was, however, that the only radically essential terms were those formulated by Japan prior to the war . She must insist on securing the ends for which she had fought, since she believed them to be indispensable to the peace of the Far East, but she would not demand anything more . The Japanese plenipotentiary, therefore, judged it wise to marshal his terms in the order of their importance, leaving his Russian colleague to imagine, as he probably would, that the converse method had been adopted, and that everything preliminary to the questions of finance and territory was of minor conse- quence . The negotiations, commencing on the loth of August, were not concluded until the 5th of September, when a treaty of peace was signed . There had been a moment when the onlooking world believed that unless Russia agreed to ransom the island of Sakhalin by paying to Japan a sum of 12o millions sterling, the conference would be broken off; nor did such an exchange seem unreasonable, for were Russia expelled from the northern part of Sakhalin, which commands the estuary of the Amur River, her position in Siberia would have been compromised . But the statesmen who directed Japan's affairs were not dis- posed to make any display of earth-
See also:hunger . The southern half of Sakhalin had originally belonged to Japan and had passed into Russia's possession by an arrangement which the Japanese nation strongly resented .
To recover that portion of the island seemed, therefore, a legitimate ambition . Japan did not contemplate any larger demand, nor did she seriously insist on an indemnity . Therefore the negotiations were never in real danger of failure . The treaty of Portsmouth recog- nized Japan's "paramount political, military and economic interests " in Korea; provided for the simultaneous evacuation of Manchuria by the contracting parties; transferred to Japan the lease of the Liaotung peninsula held by Russia from China together with the Russian railways south of Kwang-Cheng-tsze and all
See also:collateral mining or other privileges; ceded to Japan the southern half of Sakhalin, the 5oth parallel of latitude to be the boundary between the two parts; secured fishing rights for Japanese subjects along the coasts of the seas of Japan, Okhotsk and
See also:Bering; laid down that the expenses incurred by the Japanese for the maintenance of the Russian prisoners during the war should be reimbursed by Russia, less the outlays made by the latter on account of Japanese prisoners—by which arrangement Japan obtained a payment of some 4 millions sterling—and provided that the contracting parties, while withdrawing their military forces from Manchuria, might maintain guards to protect their respective railways, the number of such guards not to exceed 15 per kilometre of line . There were other important restrictions: first, the contracting parties were to abstain from taking, on the Russo-Korean frontier, any military measures which might menace the security of Russian or Korean territory; secondly, the two powers pledged themselves not to exploit the Manchurian railways for strategic purposes; and thirdly, they promised not to build on Sakhalin or its adjacent islands any fortifications or other similar military works, or to take any military measures which might impede the free navigation of the straits of La Perouse and the Gulf of Tartary . The above provisions concerned the two contracting parties only . But China's interests also were considered . Thus it was agreed to " restore entirely and completely to her exclusive administration " all portions of Manchuria then in the occupation, or under the control, of Japanese or Russian troops, except the leased territory; that her consent must be obtained for the transfer to Japan of the leases and concessions held by the Russians in Manchuria; that the Russian government would disavow the possession of " any territorial advantages or preferential or exclusive concessions in impairment of Chinese sovereignty or inconsistent with the principle of equal opportunity in Manchuria "; and that Japan and Russia "engaged reciprocally not to obstruct any general measures common to all countries which China might take for the development of the commerce and industry of Manchuria." This distinction between the special interests of the contracting parties and the interests of China herself as well as of foreign nations generally is essential to clear understanding of a situation which subsequently attracted much attention . From the time of the opium war (1857) to the Boxer rising (1900) each of the great Western powers struggled for its own hand in China, and each sought to gain for itself exclusive concessions and privileges with comparatively little regard for the interests of others, and with no regard whatever for China's sovereign rights . The fruits of this period were: permanently ceded territories (Hong-
See also:Kong and Macao) ; leases temporarily establishing foreign sovereignty in various districts (Kiaochow, Wei-hai-wei and Kwang-chow); railway and mining concessions; and the establishment of settlements at open ports where foreign jurisdiction was supreme . But when, in 1900, the Boxer rising forced all the powers into a common camp, they awoke to full appreciation of a principle which had been growing current for the past two or three years, namely, that concerted action on the lines of maintaining China's integrity and securing to all alike equality of opportunity and a similarly open door, was the only feasible method of preventing the
See also:partition of the Chinese Empire and averting a clash of rival interests which might have disastrous results . This, of course, did not mean that there was to be any
See also:abandonment of special privileges already acquired or any surrender of existing concessions .
The arrangement was not to be retrospective in any sense . Vested interests were to be strictly guarded until thelapse of the periods for which they had been granted, or until the maturity of China's competence to be really autonomous . A curious situation was thus created . International professions of respect for China's sovereignty, for the integrity of her empire and for the enforcement of the open door and equal opportunity, The Results of the War . coexisted with legacies from an entirely different past . Russia endorsed this new policy, but not unnaturally declined to abate any of the advantages previously enjoyed by her in Manchuria . Those advantages were very substantial . They included a twenty-five years' lease—with provision for renewal—of the Liaotung peninsula, within which area of 1220 sq. m . Chinese troops might not penetrate, whereas Russia would not only exercise full administrative authority, but also take military and naval action of any kind; they included the creation of a neutral territory in the immediate north of the former and still more extensive, which should remain under Chinese administration, but where neither Chinese nor Russian troops might enter, nor might China, without Russia's consent, cede land, open trading marts or grant concessions to any third nationality; and they included the right to build some 1600 m. of railway (which China would have the opportunity of purchasing at cost price in the year 1938 and would be entitled to receive gratis in 1982), as well as the right to hold extensive zones on either side of the railway, to administer these zones in the fullest sense, and to work all mines lying along the lines . Under the Portsmouth treaty these advantages were transferred to Japan by Russia, the railway, however, being divided so that only the portion (5212 m.) to the south of Kwang-Cheng-tsze fell to Japan's share, while the portion (1077 m.) to the north of that place remained in Russia's hands . China's consent to the above transfers and assignments was obtained in a treaty signed at Peking on the 22nd of December 1905 . Thus Japan came to hold in Manchuria a position somewhat contradictory .
On the one hand, she figured as the
See also:champion of the Chinese Empire's integrity and as an exponent of the new principle of equal opportunity and the open door . On the other, she appeared as the legatee of many privileges more or less inconsistent with that principle . But, at the same time, nearly all the great powers of Europe were similarly circumstanced . In their cases also the same in-congruity was observable between the newly professed policy and the aftermath of the old practice . It was scarcely to be expected that Japan alone should make a large sacrifice on the
See also:altar of a theory to which no other state thought of yielding any retrospective obedience whatever . She did, indeed, furnish a clear proof of deference to the open-door doctrine, for instead of reserving the railway zones to her own exclusive use, as she was fully entitled to do, she sought and obtained from China a
See also:pledge to open to foreign trade 16 places within those zones . For the rest, however, the inconsistency between the past and the present, -though existing throughout the whole of China, was nowhere so conspicuous as in the three eastern provinces (Manchuria); not because there was any real difference of degree, but because Manchuria had been the scene of the greatest war of modern times; because that war had been fought by Japan in the cause of the new policy, and because the principles of the equally open door and of China's integrity had been the main bases of the Portsmouth treaty, of the Anglo-Japanese alliance, and of the subsequently concluded ententes with France and Russia . In short, the world's eyes were fixed on Manchuria and diverted from China proper, so that every act of Japan was subjected to an exceptionally rigorous scrutiny, and the nations behaved as though they expected her to live up to a standard of almost ideal altitude . China's mood, too, greatly complicated the situation . She had the choice between two moderate and natural courses: either to wait quietly until the various concessions granted by her to foreign powers in the evil past should lapse by maturity, or to qualify herself by earnest reforms and industrious development for their earlier recovery . Nominally she adopted the latter course, but in reality she fell into a mood of much impatience . Under the name of a " rights-recovery campaign " her people began to protest vehemently against the continuance of any conditions which impaired her sovereignty, and as this
See also:temper coloured her attitude towards the various questions which inevitably grew out of the situation in Manchuria, her relations with Japan became somewhat strained in the early part of 1909 .
Having waged two wars on account of Korea, Japan emerged from the second conflict with the conviction that the policy of maintaining the independence of Korea must be Japan In modified, and that since the identity of Korean and Korea after Japanese, interests in the Far East and the paramount the War character of Japanese interests in Korea would not with permit Japan to leave Korea to the care of any third Russia. power, she must assume the charge herself . Europe and America also recognized that view of the situation, and consented to withdraw their legations from Seoul, thus leaving the control of Korean foreign affairs entirely in the hands of Japan, who further undertook to assume military direction in the event of aggression from without or disturbance from within . But in the matter of
See also:internal administration she continued to limit herself to advisory supervision . Thus, though a Japanese resident-general in Seoul, with subordinate residents throughout the provinces, assumed the functions hitherto discharged by foreign representatives and consuls, the Korean government was merely asked to employ Japanese experts in the position of counsellors, the right to accept or reject their counsels being left to their employers . Once again, however, the futility of looking for any real reforms under this optional system was demonstrated . Japan sent her most renowned statesman, Prince Ito, to discharge the duties of resident-general; but even he, in spite of profound
See also:patience and tact, found that some less optional methods must be resorted to . Hence on the 24th of July 1907 a new agreement was signed, by which the resident-general acquired initiative as well as consultative competence to enact and enforce laws and ordinances, to appoint and remove Korean officials, and to place capable Japanese subjects in the ranks of the administration . That this constituted a heavy blow to Korea's independence could not be gainsaid . That it was inevitable seemed to be equally obvious . For there existed in Korea nearly all the worst abuses of medieval systems . The administration of justice depended solely on favour or interest . The police contributed by corruption and incompetence to the insecurity of life and property .
The troops were a body of use-less mercenaries . Offices being allotted by sale, thousands of incapables thronged the ranks of the executive . The emperor's court was crowded by diviners and plotters of all kinds, male and female . The finances of the throne and those of the state were hopelessly confused . There was nothing like an organized judiciary . A witness was in many cases considered particeps criminis; torture was commonly employed to obtain evidence, and defendants in civil cases were placed under arrest . Imprisonment meant death or permanent disablement for a man of small means . Flogging so severe as to cripple, if not to kill, was a common punishment; every major offence fromrobbery upward was capital, and female criminals were frequently executed by administering shockingly painful poisons . The currency was in a state of the utmost confusion . Extreme corruption and extortion were practised in connexion with taxation . Finally, while nothing showed that the average Korean lacked the elementary virtue of patriotism, there had been repeated proofs that the safety and independence of the empire counted for little in the estimates of political intriguers . Japan must either step out of Korea altogether or effect drastic reforms there .
She necessarily chose the latter alternative, and the things which she accomplished between the beginning of 1906 and the close of 1908 may be briefly described as the elaboration of a proper system of taxation; the organization of a staff to administer annual budgets; the re-assessment of taxable property; the floating of public loans for productive enterprises; the reform of the currency; the establishment of banks of various kinds, including agricultural and commercial; the creation of associations for putting bank-notes into circulation; the introduction of a warehousing system to supply capital to farmers; the
See also:lighting and buoying of the coasts; the provision of posts, telegraphs, roads and railways ; the erection of public buildings; the starting of various industrial enterprises (such as printing,
See also:brick-making, forestry and
See also:coal-mining); the laying out of model farms; the beginning of
See also:cotton cultivation; the building and equipping of an industrial training school; the inauguration of sanitary works; the opening of hospitals and medical schools; the organization of an excellent educational system; the construction of waterworks in several towns; the complete remodelling of the central government; the differentiation of the court and the executive, as well as of the administration and the judiciary; the formation of an efficient body of police; the organization of law courts with a majority of Japanese jurists on the
See also:bench; the enactment of a new penal code; drastic reforms in the taxation system . In the summer of 1907 the resident-general advised the Throne to disband the standing army as an unserviceable and expensive force . The measure was doubtless desirable, but the docility of the troops had been over-rated . Some of them resisted vehemently, and many became the nucleus of an insurrection which lasted in a desultory manner for nearly two years; cost the lives of 21,000 insurgents and 1300 Japanese; and entailed upon Japan an outlay of nearly a million sterling . Altogether Japan was 15 millions sterling out of pocket on Korea's account by the end of 1909 . She had also lost the
See also:veteran statesman Prince Ito, who was assassinated at
See also:Harbin by a Korean fanatic on the 26th of October 1909• Finally an end was put to an anomalous situation by the annexation of Korea to Japan on the 29th of August 1910 . (See further KOREA.) IX.-DOMESTIC HISTORY Cosmography.—Japanese annals represent the first inhabitant of earth as a direct descendant of the gods . Two books describe the events of the " Divine age." One, compiled in 712, is called the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters); the other, compiled in 720, is called the Nihongi (
See also:Chronicles of Japan) . Both describe the processes of creation, but the author of the Chronicles drew largely upon Chinese traditions, whereas the compilers of the Records appear to have limited themselves to materials which they believed to be native . The Records, therefore, have always been regarded as the more trustworthy guide to pure Japanese conceptions . They deal with the creation of Japan only, other countries having been apparently judged unworthy of attention . At the beginning of all things a primordial trinity is represented as existing on the " plain of high heaven." There-after, during an indefinite time and by an indefinite process, other deities come into existence, their titles indicating a vague connexion with constructive and fertilizing forces .
They are not immortal: it is explicitly stated that they ultimately pass away, and the idea of the cosmographers seems to be that each deity marks a gradual approach to human methods of pro-creation . Meanwhile the earth is "young and, like floating oil, drifts about after the manner of a jelly-
See also:fish." At last there are born two deities, the creator and the creatress, and these receive the mandate of all the heavenly beings to " make, consolidate and give birth to the drifting land." For use in that work a jewelled
See also:spear is given to them, and, standing upon the bridge that connects heaven and earth, they thrust down-wards with the weapon, stir the brine below and draw up the spear, whezt from its point fall drops which, accumulating, form the first dry land . Upon this land the two deities descend, and, by ordinary processes, beget the islands of Japan as well as numerous gods representing the forces of nature . But in giving birth to the god of fire the creatress(Izanami) perishes, and the creator (Izanagi) makes his way to the under-world in search of her—an obvious parallel to the tales of
See also:Ishtar and
See also:Orpheus . With difficulty he returns to earth, and, as he washes himself from the pollution of Hades, there are born from the turbid water a number of evil deities succeeded by a number of good, just as in the Babylonian cosmogony the primordial ocean, Tiamat, brings forth simultaneously gods and imps . Finally, as Izanagi washes his left eye the Goddess of the Sun comes into existence; as he washes his right, the God of the Moon; and as he washes his nose, the God of Force . To these three he assigns, respectively, the dominion of the sun, the dominion of the moon, and the dominion of the ocean . But the god of force (Sosanoo), like Lucifer, rebels against this decree, creates a commotion inheaven, and after having been the cause of the temporary seclusion of the sun goddess and the consequent wrapping of the world in darkness, kills the goddess of food and is permanently banished from heaven by the
See also:host of deities . He descends to Izumo on the west of the main island of Japan, and there saves a
See also:maiden from an eight-headed serpent . Sosanoo himself passes to the under-world and becomes the deity of Hades, but he invests one of his descendants with the sovereignty of Japan, and the title is established after many curious adventures . To the sun goddess also, whose
See also:feud with her fierce brother survives the latter's banishment from heaven, the idea of making her grandson ruler of Japan presents itself . She despatches three embassies to impose her will upon the descendants of Sosanoo, and finally her grandson descends, not, however, in Izumo, where the demi-gods of Sosanoo's
See also:race hold sway, but in Hiuga in the southern island of Kiushiu .
This grandson of Amaterasu (the goddess of the sun) is called Ninigi, whose great-grandson figures in Japanese history as the first human sovereign of the country, known during life as Kamu-Yamato-Iware-Biko, and given the name of Jimmu tenno (Jimmu, son of heaven) fourteen centuries after his death . Japaneseannalists attribute the accession of Jimmu to the year 66o B.C . Why that date was chosen must remain a matter of conjecture . The Records of Ancient Matters has no chronology, but the more pretentious writers of the Chronicles of Japan, doubtless in imitation of their Chinese models, considered it necessary to assign a year, a month, and even a day for each event of importance . There is abundant reason, however, to question the accuracy of all Japanese chronology prior to the 5th century . The first date corroborated by
See also:external evidence is 461, and
See also:Aston, who has made a special study of the subject, concludes that the year 500 may be taken as the time when the chronology of the Chronicles begins to be trustworthy . Many Japanese, however, are firm believers in the Chronicles, and when assigning the year of the empire they invariably take 66o B.C. for starting-point, so that 1909 of the Gregorian
See also:calendar becomes for them 2569 . Prehistoric Period.—Thus, if the most rigid estimate be accepted, the space of 116o years, from 66o B.C. to A.O . 500, may be called the prehistoric period . During that long interval the annals include 24 sovereigns, the first 17 of whom lived for over a hundred years on the average . It seems reasonable to conclude that the so-called
See also:assignment of the sovereignty of Japan to Sosanoo's descendants and the establishment of their kingdom in Izumo represent an invasion of Mongolian immigrants coming from the direction of the Korean peninsula—indeed one of the Nihongi's versions of the event actually indicates Korea as the point of departure—and that the subsequent descent of Ninigi on Mount Takachiho in Hiuga indicates the advent of a body of Malayan settlers from the south sea . Jimmu, according to the Chronicles, set out from Hiuga in 667 B.C. and was not crowned at his new palace in Yamato until 66o .
This campaign of seven years is described in some detail, but no satisfactory information is given as to the nature of the craft in which the invader and his troops voyaged, or as to the number of men under his command . The weapons said to have been carried were bows, spears and swords . A super-natural element is imported into the narrative in the form of the three-leggedcrow of the sun, which Amaterasu sends down to act as guide and messenger for her descendants . Jimmu died at his palace of Kashiwa-bara in 585 B.C., his age being 127 according to the Chronicles, and 137 according to the Records . He was buried in a kind of
See also:tomb called misasagi, which seems to have been in use in Japan for some centuries before the Christian era—" a highly specialized form of tumulus, consisting of two mounds, one having a circular, the other a triangular base, which merged into each other, the whole being surrounded by a
See also:moat, or sometimes by two concentric moats with a narrow strip of land between . In some, perhaps in most, cases the misasagi contains a large vault of great unhewn stones without
See also:mortar . The walls of this vault converge gradually towards the top, which is roofed in by enormous slabs of stone weighing many tons each . The entrance is by means of a gallery roofed with similar stones." Several of these ancient sepulchral mounds have been examined during recent years, and their contents have furnished information of much antiquarian interest, though there is a complete absence of inscriptions . The reigns of the eight sovereigns who succeeded Jimmu were absolutely uneventful . Nothing is set down except the genealogy of each ruler, the place of his residence and his
See also:burial, his age and the date of his death . It was then the custom—and it remained so until the 8th century of the Christian era—to change the capital on the accession of each emperor; a habit which effectually prevented the growth of any great metropolis . The reign of the loth emperor, Sujin, lasted from 98 to 30 B.C .
During his era the land was troubled by pestilence and the people broke out in rebellion; calamities which were supposed to be caused by the spirit of the ancient ruler of Izumo to avenge a want of consideration shown to his descendants by their supplanters . Divination—by a Chinese process—and visions revealed the source of trouble; rites of worship were performed in honour of the ancient ruler, his descendant being entrusted with the duty, and the pestilence ceased . We now hear for the first time of vigorous measures to quell the aboriginal savages, doubtless the
See also:Ainu . Four generals are sent out against them in different directions . But the expedition is interrupted by an armed attempt on the part of the emperor's half-brother, who, utilizing the opportunity of the troops' absence from Yamato,
See also:marches from Yamashiro at the head of a powerful army to win the crown for himself . In connexion with these incidents, curious evidence is furnished of the place then assigned to woman by the writers of the Chronicles . It is a girl who warns one of the emperor's generals of the plot; it is the sovereign's aunt who interprets the warning; and it is Ata, the wife of the rebellious prince, who leads the left wing of his army . Four other noteworthy facts are recorded of this reign: the taking of a census; the imposition of a tax on animals' skins and
See also:game to be paid by men, and on textile fabrics by women; the building of boats for coastwise transport, and the digging of dikes and reservoirs for agricultural purposes . All these things rest solely on the testimony of annalists writing eight centuries later than the era they discuss and compiling their narrative mostly from tradition . Careful investigations have been made to ascertain whether the histories of China and Korea corroborate or contradict those of Japan . Without entering into detailed evidence, the inference may be at once stated that the dates given in Japanese early history are just 120 years too remote; an error very likely to occur when using the sexagenary cycle, which constituted the first method of reckoning time in Japan . But although this correction suffices to reconcile some contradictory features of Far-Eastern history, it does not constitute any explanation of the incredible
See also:longevity assigned by the Chronicles to several Japanese sovereigns, and the conclusion is that when a consecutive record of reigns came to be compiled in the 8th century, many lacunae were found which had to be filled up from the
See also:imagination of the compilers .
With thisparenthesis we may pass rapidly over the events of the next two centuries (29 B.C. to A.U . 200) . They are remarkable for vigorous measures to subdue the aboriginal Ainu, who in the southern island of Kiushifl are called Kuma-so (the names of two tribes) and sometimes earth-
See also:spiders (i.e. cave-dwellers), while in the north-eastern regions of the main island they are designated Yemishi . Expeditions are led against them in both regions by Prince Yamato-dake, a hero revered by all succeeding generations of Japanese as the type of valour and loyalty . Dying from the effects of hardship and exposure, but declaring with his last breath that loss of life was as nothing compared with the sorrow of seeing his father's face no more, his spirit ascends to heaven as a white
See also:bird, and when his son, Chuai, comes to the throne, he causes
See also:cranes to be placed in the moat surrounding his palace in memory of his illustrious sire . The sovereign had partly ceased to follow the example of Jimmu, who led his armies in person . The emperors did not, however, pass a sedentary life . They frequently made pro-gresses throughout their dominions, and on these occasions a not uncommon incident was the addition of some local beauty to the Imperial
See also:harem . This licence had a far-reaching effect, since to provide for the sovereign's numerous offspring—the emperor Keiko (71–13o) had 8o children—no better way offered than to make grants of land, and thus were laid the foundations of a territorial
See also:nobility destined profoundly to influence the course of Japanese history . Woman continues to figure conspicuously in the story . The image of the sun goddess, enshrined in Ise (5 B.C.), is entrusted to the keeping of a princess, as are the mirror, sword and jewel inherited from the sun goddess; a woman (Tachibana) accompanies Prince Yamato-dake in his campaign against the Yemishi, and sacrifices her life to quell a
See also:tempest at sea; Saho,
See also:consort of Suinin, is the heroine of a most tragic
See also:tale in which the conflict between filial piety and conjugal loyalty leads to her self-destruction; and a woman is found ruling over a large
See also:district in Kiushifl when the Emperor Keiko is engaged in his campaign against the
See also:aborigines . The reign of Suinin saw the beginning of an art destined to assume extraordinary importance in Japan—the art of wrestling—and the first champion, Nomi no Sukune, is honoured for having suggested that
See also:clay figures should take the place of the human sacrifices hitherto offered at the sepulture of Imperial personages .
Theirrigation works commenced in the time of Sujin were zealously continued under his two immediate successors, Suinin and KeikO . More than Boo ponds and channels are described as having been constructed under the former's
See also:rule . We find evidence also that the sway of the throne had been by this time widely extended, for in 125 a governor-general of 15 provinces is nominated, and two years later, governors (miyakko) are appointed in every province and mayors (inaki) in every village . The number or names of these local divisions are not given, but it is explained that mountains and
See also:rivers were taken as boundaries of provinces, the limits of towns and villages being marked by roads
See also:running respectively east and west, north and south . An incident is now reached which the Japanese count a land-mark in their history, though foreign critics are disposed to regard it as apocryphal . It is the invasion of Korea by a Japanese army under the command of the empress °vasKorereaa of . Jingo, in 200 . The emperor Chflai, having proceeded to Kiushifl for the purpose of conducting a campaign against the Kuma-so, is there joined by the empress, who, at the inspiration of a deity, seeks to divert the Imperial arms against Korea . But the emperor refuses to believe in the existence of any such country, and heaven punishes his incredulity with death at the hands of the Kuma-so, according to one account; from the effects of disease, according to another . The calamity is concealed; the Kuma-so are subdued, and the empress, having collected a fleet and raised an army, crosses to the state of Silla (in Korea), where, at the spectacle of her overwhelming strength, the Korean monarch submits without fighting, and swears that until the sun rises in the west, until rivers run towards their sources, and until pebbles ascend to the
See also:sky and become stars, he will do homage and send tribute to Japan . His example is followed by the kings of the two other states constituting the Korean peninsula, and the warlike empress returns triumphant . Many supernatural elements embellish the tale, but the features which chiefly discredit it are that it abounds in anachronisms, and that the event, despite its signal importance, is not mentioned in either Chinese or Korean history .
It is certain that China then possessed in Korea territory administered by Chinese governors . She must therefore have had cognisance of such an invasion, had it occurred . Moreover, Korean history mentions twenty-five raids made by the Japanese against Silla during the first five centuries of the Christian era, but not one of them can be indentified with Jingo's alleged expedition . There can be no doubt that the early Japanese were an aggressive, enterprising people, and that their nearest over-sea neighbour suffered much from their activity . Nor can there be any reasonable doubt that the Jingo tale contains a large germ of truth, and is at least an
See also:echo of the relations that existed between Japan and Korea in the 3rd and 4th centuries . The records of the 69 years comprising Jingo's reign are in the main an account of intercourse, some- The Japanese of the mythical period, as pictured in the legends times peaceful, sometimes stormy, between the neighbouring countries . Only one other episode occupies a prominent place: it is an attempt on the part of Jingo's step-brothers to oppose her return to Yamato and to prevent the accession of her son to the throne . It should be noted here that all such names as Jimmu, Sujin, Chuai, &c., are
See also:posthumous, and were invented in the reign of Kwammu (782-806), the fashion being taken from China and the names themselves being purely Chinese
See also:translations of the qualities assigned to the respective monarchs . Thus Jimmu signifies " divine valour "; Sujin, " deity-honouring "; and Chuai, " sad middle son." The names of these rulers during life were wholly different from their posthumous appellations . Chinese history, which is incomparably older and more precise than Korean, is by no means silent about Japan . Long notices Earliest occur in the later Han and Wei records (25 to 265) . Notices In The Japanese are spoken of as dwarfs (Wa), and Chinese their islands, frequently called the queen country, are History. said to be mountainous, with soil suitable for growing
See also:hemp, and the silk-
See also:worm mulberry .
See also:climate is so mild that vegetables can be grown in winter and summer; there are neither oxen, horses, tigers, nor leopards; the people understand the art of weaving; the men
See also:tattoo their faces and bodies in pat-terns indicating differences of
See also:rank; male attire consists of a single piece of cloth;
See also:wear a
See also:gown passed over the head, and tie their hair in a bow; soldiers are armed with spears and
See also:shields. and also with bows, from which they discharge arrows tipped with
See also:bone or iron; the sovereign resides in Yamato; there are stockaded forts and houses; food is taken with the fingers but is served on
See also:bamboo trays and wooden trenchers; foot-
See also:gear is not worn; when men of the lower classes meet a man of rank, they leave the road and retire to the grass, squatting or kneeling with both hands on the ground when they address him; intoxicating liquor is much used; the people are long-lived, many reaching the age of too; women are more numerous than men; there is no
See also:theft, and litigation is infrequent; the women are faithful and not jealous; all men of high rank have four or five wives, others two or three; wives and children of law-breakers are confiscated, and for grave crimes the offender's family is extirpated; divination is practised by burning bones;
See also:mourning lasts for some ten days and the rites are performed by a " mourning-keeper "; after a funeral the whole family perform ablutions; fishing is much practised, and the fishermen are skilled
See also:divers; there are distinctions of rank and some are vassals to others; each province has a market where goods are exchanged; the country is divided into more than too provinces, and among its products are white pearls,
See also:green jade and
See also:cinnabar . These annals go on to say that between 147 and 190 civil war prevailed for several years, and order was finally restored by a female sovereign, who is described as having been old and unmarried; much addicted to magic arts; attended by a thousand females; dwelling in a palace with lofty pavilions surrounded by a stockade and guarded by soldiers; but leading such a secluded life that few saw her face except one man who served her meals and acted as a medium of communication . There can be little question that this queen was the empress jingo who, according to Japanese annals, came to the throne in the year A.D . 200, and whose every public act had its inception or promotion in some alleged divine interposition . In one point, however, the Chinese historians are certainly incorrect . They represent tattooing as universal in ancient Japan, whereas it was confined to criminals, in whose case it played the part that branding does elsewhere . Centuries later, in feudal days, the habit came to be practised by men of the lower orders whose avocations involved
See also:baring the body, but it never acquired vogue among educated people . In other respects these ancient Chinese annals must ;be credited with remarkable accuracy in their description of japan and the Japanese . Their account may be advantageously compared with Professor
See also:Chamberlain's analysis of the
See also:manners and customs of the early Japanese, in the preface to his translation of the Kojiki . preserved by the compiler of the Records of Ancient Matters, were a race who had long emerged from the savage stage and had attained to a high level of barbaric skill . The Stone Age was forgotten by them—or nearly so—and the evidence points to their never having passed through a genuine
See also:Bronze Age, though the knowledge of bronze was at a later period introduced from the neighbouring continent . They used iron for manufacturing spears, swords and knives of various shapes, and likewise for the more peaceful purpose of making hooks wherewith to angle or to fasten the doors of their huts .
Their other warlike and
See also:hunting implements (besides traps and gins, which appear to have been used equally for catching beasts and birds and for destroying human enemies) were bows and arrows, spears and
See also:elbow-pads-the latter seemingly of skin, while special allusion is made to the fact that the arrows were feathered . Perhaps clubs should be added to the list . Of the bows and arrows, swords and knives, there is perpetual mention, but nowhere do we hear of the tools with which they were manufactured, and there is the same remarkable silence regarding such widely spread domestic implements as the saw and the
See also:axe . We hear, however, of the pestle and mortar, of the fire-
See also:drill, of the
See also:wedge, of the sickle, and of the shuttle used in weaving . Navigation seems to have been in a very elementary state . Indeed the art of sailing was but little practised in Japan even so
See also:late as the middle of the loth century of our era, subsequent to the general diffusion of Chinese civilization, though rowing and punting are often mentioned by the early poets . To what we should
See also:call towns or villages very little reference is made anywhere in the Records or in that part of the Chronicles which contain the account of the so-called Divine Age . But from what we learn incidentally it would seem that the scanty population was chiefly distributed in small hamlets and isolated dwellings along the coast and up the course of the larger streams . Of house-building there is frequent mention . Fences were in use . Rugs of skins and rush-
See also:matting were occasionally brought in to sit on, and we even hear once or twice of silk rugs being used for the same purpose by the noble and wealthy . The habits of personal cleanliness which so pleasantly distinguish the modern Japanese from their neighbours, in
See also:continental Asia, though less fully
See also:developed than at present would seem to have existed in the germ in early times, as we read more than once of bathing in rivers, and are told of bathing women being specially attached to the person of a certain Imperial
See also:infant .
Lustrations, too, formed part of the religious practices of the race . Latrines are mentioned several times . They would appear to have been situated away from the houses and to have been generally placed over a running stream, whence doubtless the name for latrine in the archaic dialect—kawaya (river-house) . A peculiar sort of dwelling-place which the two old histories bring prominently under our notice is the so-called parturition house—a one-roomed hut without windows, which a woman was expected to build and retire into for the purpose of being delivered unseen . Castles are not distinctly spoken of until a time which coincides, according to the received chronology, with the first century B.C . We then first meet with the curious term rice-castle, whose precise signification is a matter of dispute among the native commentators, but which, on comparison with Chinese descriptions of the early Japanese, should probably be understood to mean a kind of palisade serving the purpose of a
See also:redoubt, behind which the warriors could ensconce them-selves . The food of the early Japanese consisted of fish and of the flesh of the wild creatures which fell by the
See also:hunter's arrow or were taken in the trapper's snare . Rice is the only cereal of which there is such mention made as to place it beyond a doubt that its cultivation dates back to time immemorial . Beans,
See also:millet and
See also:barley are indeed named once, together with silkworms, in the account of the Divine Age . But the passage has every aspect of an
See also:interpolation in the
See also:legend, perhaps not dating back long before the time of the eighth-century compiler . A few unimportant vegetables and fruits; of most of which there is but a single mention, are found . The intoxicating liquor called sake was known in Japan during the mythical period, and so were
See also:chopsticks for eating food with .
Cooking pots and cups and dishes—the latter both of earthenware and of leaves of trees are also mentioned; but of the use of fire for warming purposes we hear nothing . Tables are named several times, but never in connexion with food: they would seem to have been used exclusively for the purpose of presenting offerings on, and were probably quite small and low—in fact, rather trays than tables, according to European ideas . In the use of clothing and the specialization of garments the early Japanese had reached a high level . We read in the most ancient legends of upper garments, skirts, trowsers, girdles, veils and hats, while both sexes adorned themselves with necklaces, bracelets and head ornaments of stones considered precious—in this respect offering a striking contrast to their descendants in modern times, of whose attire
See also:jewelry forms no part . The material of their clothes was hempen cloth and paper —mulberry bark, coloured by being rubbed with
See also:madder, and,probably with
See also:woad and other tinctorial
See also:plants . All the garments, so far as we may judge, were
See also:woven, sewing being nowhere mentioned . From the great place which the chase occupied in daily life, we are led to suppose that skins also were used to make garments of . There is in the Records at least one passage which favours this supposition; and the Chronicles in one place mention the
See also:rain-coat and broad-brimmed
See also:hat, which still form the Japanese peasant's effectual protection against the inclemencies of the weather . The tendrils of creeping plants served the purposes of strings, and bound the warriors sword round his
See also:waist . Combs are mentioned, and it is evident that much attention was devoted to the dressing of the hair . The men seem to have bound up their hair in two bunches, one on each side of the head, while the young boys tied theirs in a top-knot, the unmarried girls let their locks hang down over their necks, and the married women dressed theirs after a fashion which apparently combined the two last-named methods . There is no mention in any of the old books of cutting the hair or
See also:beard except in token of disgrace; neither do we gather that the sexes, but for the matter of the head-
See also:dress, were distinguished by a diversity of
See also:apparel and ornamentation .
With regard to theprecious stones mentioned above as having been used as ornaments for the head,
See also:neck and arms, we know from the specimens which have rewarded the labours of archaeological
See also:research in Japan that agate, crystal,
See also:glass, jade,
See also:serpentine and steatite were the most used materials, and carved and pierced cylindrical shapes the commonest forms . The horse—which was ridden, but not driven—the
See also:fowl and the
See also:cormorant used for fishing, are the only domesticated creatures mentioned in the earlier traditions, with the doubtful exception of the silkworm . In the later portions of the Records and Chronicles
See also:dogs and cattle are alluded to, but
See also:swine and even
See also:cats were apparently not yet introduced." As the prehistoric era draws to its end the above analyses of Japanese civilization have to be modified . Thus, towards the close of the 3rd century, ship-building made great progress, and instead of the small boats hitherto in use, a vessel Too ft. long was constructed . Notable above all is the fact that Japan's turbulent relations with Korea were replaced by friendly inter-course, so that she began to receive from her neighbour instruction in the art of writing . The date assigned by the Chronicles for this important event is A.D . 285, but it has been proved almost conclusively that Japanese annals relating to this period are in error to the extent of 120 years . Hence the introduction of calligraphy must be placed in 405 . Chinese history shows that between 57 and 247 Japan sent four embassies to the courts of the Han and the Wei, and this intercourse cannot have failed to disclose the ideograph . But the knowledge appears to have been confined to a few interpreters, and not until the year 405 were steps taken to extend it, with the aid of a learned Korean, Wang-in . Korea herself began to study Chinese learning only a few years before she undertook to impart it to Japan . We now find a numerous colony of Koreans passing to Japan and settling there; a large number are also carried over as prisoners of war, and the Japanese obtain seamstresses from both of their continental neighbours .
One fact, related with much precision, shows that the refinements of life were in an advanced condition: an ice-house is described, and we read that from 374 ( ? 494) it became the fashion to store ice in this manner for use in the hot months by placing it in water or sake . The emperor, Nintoku, to whose time this innovation is attributed, is one of the romantic figures of Japanese history . He commenced his career by refusing to accept the sovereignty from his younger brother, who pressed him earnestly to do so on the ground that, the proper order of succession had been disturbed by their father's partiality—though the rights attaching to
See also:primogeniture did not receive imperative recognition in early Japan . After three years of this mutual self-effacement, during which the throne remained vacant, the younger brother committed suicide, and Nintoku reluctantly became sovereign . He.chose Naniwa (the modern Osaka) for his capital, but he would not take the farmers from their work to finish the building of a palace, and subsequently, inferring from the absence of
See also:smoke over the houses of the people that the country was impoverished, he remitted all taxes and suspended forced labour for a term of three years, during which his palace fell into a state of ruin and he himself fared in the coarsest manner . Digging canals, damming rivers, constructing roads and bridges, and establishing
See also:granaries occupied his attention when love did not distract it . But in affairs of the heart he was most unhappy . He figures as the sole wearer of the Japanese crown who was defied by his consort; for when he took a concubine in despite of the empress, her
See also:jealousy was so bitter that, refusing to be placated by any of his majesty's verses or other overtures, she left the palace altogether; andwhew he sought to introduce another beauty into the inner chamber, his own half-brother, who carried his proposals, won the girl for himself . One other fact deserves to be remembered in connexion with Nintoku's reign: Ki-no-tsuno, representative of a great family which had filled the highest administrative and military posts under several sovereigns; is mentioned as " the first to commit to writing in detail the productions of the soil in each locality." This was in 353 (probably 473) . We shall err little if we date the commencement of Japanese written annals from this time, though no compilation earlier than the Kojiki has survived . Early Historical Period.—With the emperor Richu, who came to the throne A.D .
400, the historical period may be said to commence; for though the chronology of the records is still questionable, the facts are generally accepted as credible . Conspicuous loyalty towards the sovereign was not an attribute of the Japanese Imperial family in early times . Attmpts to usurp the throne were not uncommon, though there are very few instances of such essays on the part of a subject . Love or lust played no insignificant part in the drama, and a common method of placating an irate sovereign was to present a beautiful damsel for his delectation . The veto of
See also:consanguinity did not receive very strict respect in these matters . Children of the same father might intermarry, but not those of the same
See also:mother; a canon which becomes explicable on observing that as wives usually lived apart from their husbands and had the sole custody of their offspring, two or more families often remained to the end unconscious of the fact that they had a common sire . There was a remarkable tendency to organize the nation into groups of persons following the same pursuit or charged with the same functions . A group thus composed was called be . The heads of the great families had titles—as omi, muraji, miakko,
See also:wake, &c.—and affairs of state were administered by the most renowned of these nobles, wholly subject to the sovereign's ultimate will . The provincial districts were ruled by scions of the Imperial family, who appear to have been, on the whole, entirely subservient to the Throne . There were no tribunals of justice: the ordeal of boiling water or heated metal was the sole test of
See also:guilt or innocence, apart, of course, from confession, which was often exacted under menace of torture . A celebrated instance of the ordeal of boiling water is recorded in 415, when this device was employed to correct the genealogies of families suspected of falsely claiming descent from emperors or divine beings .
The test proved efficacious, for men conscious of forgery refused to undergo the ordeal . Deprivation of rank was the lightest form of punishment; death the commonest, and occasionally the whole family of an offender became
See also:serfs of the house against which the offence had been committed or which had been instrumental in disclosing a crime . There are, however, frequent examples of wrong-doing expiated by the voluntary surrender of lands or other property . We find several instances of that extreme type of loyalty which became habitual in later ages—suicide in preference to surviving a deceased lord . On the whole the successive sovereigns of these early times appear to have ruled with clemency and consideration for the people's welfare . But there were two notable exceptions-Yuriaku (457–479) and Muretsu (499-506) . The former slew men ruthlessly in fits of passion or resentment, and the latter was the
See also:Nero of Japanese history, a man who loved to witness the agony of his fellows and knew no sentiment of mercy or remorse . Yet even Yuriaku did not fail to promote industrial pursuits . Skilled artisans were obtained from Korea, and it is related that, in 462, this monarch induced the empress and the ladies of the palace to plant mulberry trees with their own hands in order to encourage sericulture . Throughout the 5th and 6th centuries many instances are recorded of the acquisition of landed estates by the Throne, and their occasional bestowal upon princes or Imperial consorts, such gifts being frequently accompanied by the assignment' of bodies of agriculturists who seem to have accepted the position of serfs . Meanwhile Chinese civilization was : gradually becoming known, either by direct contact or through Korea . Several immigrations of Chinese or Korean settlers are on record .
No less than 7053 householders of Chinese subjects came, through Korea, in 540, and one of their number received high rank together with the post of director of the Imperial treasury . From these facts, and from a national
See also:register showing the derivation of all the principal families in Japan, it is clearly established that a considerable
See also:strain of Chinese and Korean blood runs in the
See also:veins of many Japanese subjects . The most signal and far-reaching event of this epoch was the importation of the Buddhist creed, which took place in 552 . Introduc- A Korean monarch acted as propagandist, sending a non of special envoy with a bronze image of the Buddha and Buddhism. with several volumes of the Sutras . Unfortunately the coming of the foreign faith happened to synchronize with an epidemic of plague, and conservatives at the Imperial court were easily able to attribute this visitation to resentment on the part of the ancestral deities against the invasion of Japan by an alien creed . Thus the spread of Buddhism was checked; but only for a time . Thirty-five years after the coming of the Sutras, the first temple was erected to enshrine a wooden image of the Buddha r6 ft. high . It has often been alleged that the question between the imported and the indigenous cults had to be decided by the sword . The statement is misleading . That the final adoption of Buddhism resulted from a war is true, but its adoption or rejection did not constitute the motive of the combat . A con-test for the succession to the throne at the opening of Sujun's reign (588–592) found the partisans of the Indian faith ranged on one side, its opponents on the other, and in a moment of stress the leaders of the former, Soma and Prince Umayado, vowed to erect Buddhist temples should victory rest on their arms . From that time the future of Buddhism was assured .
In 588 Korea sent Buddhist relics, Buddhist priests, Buddhist ascetics, architects of Buddhist temples, and casters of Buddhist images . She had already sent men learned in divination, in medicine, and in the calendar . The building of temples began to be fashionable in the closing years of the 6th century, as did also
See also:abdication of the world by people of both sexes; and a census taken in 623, during the reign of the empress Suiko (583–628), showed that there were then 46 temples, 816 priests and 569 nuns in the empire . This rapid growth of the alien faith was due mainly to two causes: first, that the empress Suiko, being of the Soga family, naturally favoured a creed which had found its earliest Japanese patron in the great states-man and general, Soga no Umako; secondly, that one of the most illustrious scholars and philosophers ever possessed by Japan, Prince Shotoku, devoted all his energies to fostering Buddhism . The adoption of Buddhism meant to the Japanese much more than the acquisition of a practical religion with a code of clearly defined morality in place of the amorphous and jejune cult of Shinto . It meant the introduction of Chinese civilization . Priests and scholars crossed in numbers from China, and men passed over from Japan to study the Sutras at what was then regarded as the fountain-head of Buddhism . There was also a constant stream of immigrants from China and Korea, and the result may be gathered from the fact that a census taken of the Japanese nobility in 814 indicated 382 Korean and Chinese families against only 796 of pure Japanese origin . The records show that in
See also:costume and customs a signal advance was made towards refinement . Hair-ornaments of gold or silver chiselled in the form of flowers; caps of sarcenet in twelve special tints, each indicating a different grade; garments of brocade and embroidery with figured thin silks of various colours—all these were worn on ceremonial occasions; the art of painting was introduced; a recorder's office was established; perfumes were largely employed; court picnics to gather medicinal herbs were instituted, princes and princesses attending in brilliant raiment; Chinese music and dancing were introduced; cross bows and catapults were added to the weapons of war; domestic architec-
See also:ture made signal strides in obedience to the examples of Buddhist sacred edifices, which, from the first, showed magnificence of dimension and decoration hitherto unconceived in Japan; the arts of metal-casting and sculpture underwent great improve-ment; Prince Shotoku compiled a code, commonly spoken of as the first written laws of Japan, but in reality a collection of
See also:maxims evincing a moral spirit of the highest type . In some respects, however, there was no improvement . The succession to the throne still tended to provoke disputes among the Imperial princes; the sword constituted the principal weapon of punishment, and torture the chief judicial device .
Now, too, for the first' time, a noble family is found seeking to usurp the Imperial authority . The head of the Soga house, Umako, having compassed the murder of the emperor Sujun and placed on the throne his own niece (Suiko), swept away all opposition to the latter's successor, Jomei, and controlled the administration of state affairs throughout two reigns . In all this he was strongly seconded by his son, Iruka, who even surpassed him in contumelious assumption of power and parade of dignity . Iruka was slain in the presence of the empress Kogyoku by Prince Naka with the assistance of the minister of the interior, Kamako, and it is not surprising to find the empress (Kogyoku) abdicating immediately afterwards in favour of Kamako's protege, Prince Karu, who is known in history as Kotoku . This Kamako, planner and leader of the conspiracy which overthrew the Soga, is remembered by posterity under the name of Kamatari and as the founder of the most illustrious of Japan's noble houses, the Fujiwara . At this time (645), a habit which afterwards contributed materially to the effacement of the Throne's practical authority was inaugurated . Prince Furubito, pressed by his brother, Prince Karu, to assume the
See also:sceptre in accordance with his right of primogeniture, made his refusal peremptory by abandoning the world and taking the tonsure . This retirement to a monastery was afterwards dictated to several sovereigns by ministers who found that an active occupant of the throne impeded their own exercise of administrative autocracy . Furubito's recourse to the tonsure proved, however, to be merely a cloak for ambitious designs . Before a year had passed he con-spired to usurp the throne and was put to death with his children, his consorts strangling themselves . Suicide to escape the disgrace of defeat had now become a common practice . Another prominent feature of this epoch was the prevalence of superstition .
The smallest incidents—the growing of two
See also:lotus flowers on one
See also:stem; a popular ballad; the reputed song of a sleeping
See also:monkey; the condition of the water in a pond; rain without clouds—all these and cognate trifles were regarded as omens; wizards and witches deluded the common people; a strange form of
See also:caterpillar was worshipped as the god of the
See also:everlasting world, and the peasants impoverished themselves by making sacrifices to it . An interesting epoch is now reached, the first legislative era of early Japanese history . It commenced with the reign of the emperor Kotoku (645), of whom the Chronicles say First that he " honoured the religion of Buddha and de- Legislative spised Shinto "; that " he was of gentle disposition; Epoch' loved men of learning; made no distinction of noble and mean, and continually dispensed beneficent edicts." The customs calling most loudly for reform in his time were abuse of the system of forced labour; corrupt administration of justice; spoliation of the peasant class; assumption of
See also:spurious titles to justify oppression; indiscriminate distribution of the families of slaves and serfs; diversion of taxes to the pockets of collectors; formation of great estates, and a general lack of administrative centralization . The first step of reform consisted in ordering the governors of provinces to prepare registers showing the numbers of freemen and serfs within their jurisdiction as well as the area, of cultivated land . It was further ordained that the advantages of irrigation should be shared equally with the common people; that no local governor might try and decide criminal cases while in his province; that any one convicted of accepting bribes should be liable to a fine of double the amount as well as to other punishment; that in the Imperial court a box should be placed for receiving petitions and a
See also:bell hung to be sounded in the event of delay in answering them or unfairness in dealing with them; that all absorption of land into great estates should cease; that barriers, outposts, guards and post-horses should be provided; that high officials should be dowered with hereditary estates by way of emolument, the largest of such grants being 3000 homesteads; that men of unblemished character and proved capacity should be appointed aldermen for adjudicating criminal matters; that there should be chosen as clerks for governors and vice-governors of provinces men of solid competence " skilled in writing and arithmetic "; that the land should be parcelled out in fixed proportions to every adult unit of the population with right of tenure for a term of six years; that forced labour should be commuted for taxes of silk and cloth; and that for fiscal and administrative purposes households should be organized in groups of five, each group under an elder, and ten groups forming a township, which, again, should be governed by an elder . Incidentally to these reforms many of the evil customs of the time are exposed . Thus provincial governors when they visited the capital were accustomed to travel with great retinues who appear to have constituted a charge on the regions through which they passed . The law now limited the number of a chief governor's attendants to nine, and forbade him to use official houses or to fare at public cost unless journeying on public business . Again, men who had acquired some local distinction, though they did not belong to noble families, took advantage of the absence of historical records or official registers, and, representing themselves as descendants of magnates to whom the charge of public granaries had been entrusted, succeeded in usurping valuable privileges . The office of provincial governor had in many cases become hereditary, and not only were governors largely independent of Imperial control, but also, since every free man carried arms, there had grown up about these officials a population relying largely on the law of force . Kotoku's reforms sought to institute a system of temporary governors, and directed that all arms and armour should be stored in arsenals built in waste places, except in the case of provinces adjoining lands where unsubdued aborigines (Yemishi) dwelt . Punishments were drastic, and in the case of a man convicted of treason, all his children were executed with him, his' wives and consorts committing suicide .
From a much earlier age suicide had been freely resorted to as the most honourable exit from pending disgrace, but as yet the samurai's method of disembowelment was not employed, strangulation or cutting the
See also:throat being the regular practice . Torture was freely employed and men often died under it . Signal abuses prevailed in regions beyond the immediate range of the central government's observation . It has been shown that from early days the numerous scions of the Imperial family had generally been provided for by grants of provincial estates . Gradually the descendants of these men, and the representatives of great families who held hereditary rank, extended their domains unscrupulously, employing forced labour to reclaim lands, which they let to the peasants, not hesitating to appropriate large slices of public property, and remitting to the central treasury only such fractions of the taxes as they found convenient . So prevalent had the exaction of forced labour become that country-folk, repairing to the capital to seek redress of grievances, were often compelled to remain there for the purpose of carrying out some work in which dignitaries of state were interested . The removal of the capital to a new site on each change of sovereign involved a vast quantity of unproductive toil . It is recorded that in 656, when the empress Saimei occupied the throne, a canal was dug which required the work of 30,000 men and a
See also:wall was built which had employed 70,000 men before its completion . The construction of tombs for grandees was another heavy drain on the people's labour . Some of these sepulchres attained enormous dimensions—that of the emperor Ojin (270-31o) measures 2312 yds. round the outer moat and is some 6o ft. high; the emperor Nintoku's (313-399) is still larger, and there is a tumulus in Kawachi on the flank of which a good-sized village has been built . Kotoku's laws provided that the tomb of a prince should not be so large as to require the work of more than moo men for seven days, and that the grave of a petty official must be completed by 50 men in one day . More- over, it was forbidden to bury with the body gold, silver, XV .
9copper, iron, jewelled shirts, jade armour or silk brocade . It appears that the custom of suicide or sacrifice at the tomb of grandees still survived, and that people sometimes cut off their hair or stabbed their thighs preparatory to declaiming a
See also:threnody . All these practices were vetoed . Abuses had grown up even in connexion with the Shinto rite of purgation . This rife required not only the reading of rituals but also the offering of food and fruits . For the sake of these edibles the rite was often harshly enforced, especially in connexion with pollution from contact with corpses; and thus it fell out that when of two brothers, returning from a scene of forced labour, one lay down upon the road and died, the other, dreading the cost of compulsory purgation, refused to take up the body . Many other evil customs came into existence in connexion with this rite, and all were dealt with in the new laws . Not the least important of the reforms then introduced was the organization of the ministry after the model of the Tang dynasty of China . Eight departments of state were created, and several of them received names which are similarly used to this day . Not only the institutions of China were borrowed but also her official costumes . During KOtoku's reign 19 grades of head-gear were instituted, and in the time of Tenchi (668-671) the number was increased to 26, with corresponding robes . Throughout this era intercourse was frequent with China, and the spread of Buddhism continued steadily .
The empress Saimei (655-661), who succeeded KOtoku, was an earnest patron of the faith . By her command several public expositions of the Sutras were given, and the building of temples went on in many districts, estates being liberally granted for the maintenance of these places of worship . The Fujiwara Era.—In the Chronicles of Japan the year 672 is treated as a kind ofinterregnum . It was in truth a year of something like anarchy, a great part of it being occupied by a conflict of unparalleled magnitude between Prince Otomo (called in history Emperor Kobun) and Prince Oama, who emerged victorious and is historically entitled Temmu(673-686) . The four centuries that followed are conveniently designated the Fujiwara era, because throughout that long interval affairs of state were controlled by the Fujiwara family, whose daughters were given as consorts to successive sovereigns and whose sons filled all the high administrative posts . It has been related above that Kamako, chief of the Shinto officials, inspired the assassination of the Soga chief, Iruka, and thus defeated the latter's designs upon the throne in the days of the empress Kogyoku . Kamako, better known to subsequent generations as Kamatari, was thenceforth regarded with unlimited favour by successive sovereigns, and just before his death in 67o, the family name of Fujiwara was bestowed on him by the emperor Tenchi . Kamatari himself deserved all the honour he received, but his descendants abused the high trust reposed in them, reduced the sovereign to a mere puppet, and exercised Imperial authority without openly usurping it . Much of this was due to the adoption of Chinese administrative systems, a process which may be said to have commenced during the reign of KOtoku (645-654) and to have continued almost uninterruptedly until the 11th century . Under these systems the emperor ceased directly to exercise supreme civil or military power: he became merely the source of authority, not its wielder, the civil functions being delegated to a bureaucracy and the military to a soldier class . Possibly had the custom held of transferring the capital to a new site on each change of sovereign, and had the growth of luxurious habits been thus checked, the comparatively simple life of early times might have held the throne and the people in closer contact . But from the beginning of the 8th century a strong tendency to avoid these costly migrations developed itself .
In 709 the court took up its residence at Nara, remaining there until 784; ten years after the latter date Kioto became the permanent metropolis . The capital at Nara—established during the reign of the empress Gemmyo (708-715)—was built on the plan of the Chinese metropolis . It had nine gates and nine avenues, the palace being situated in the northern section and approached by a broad, straight avenue, which divided the city into two perfectly equal halves, all the other streets running parallel to this main II avenue or at right angles to it . Seven sovereigns reigned at Heijo (castle of peace), as Nara is historically called, and, during this period of 75 years, seven of the grandest temples ever seen in Japan were erected; a multitude of idols were cast, among them a colossal bronze Daibutsu 532 ft. high; large temple-belts were founded, and all the best artists and artisans of the era devoted their services to these works . This religious mania reached its
See also:acme in the reign of the emperor Shomu (724-748), a man equally superstitious and addicted to display . In Temmu's time the custom had been introduced of compelling large numbers of persons to enter the Buddhist priesthood with the object of propitiating heaven's aid to heal the illness of an illustrious personage . In Shomu's day every natural calamity or abnormal phenomenon was regarded as calling for religious services on a large scale, and the great expense involved in all these buildings and ceremonials, supplemented by lavish outlays on court pageants, was severely felt by the nation . The condition of the agripltural class, who were the chief tax-payers, was further aggravated by the operation of the emperor Kotoku's land system, which rendered tenure so uncertain as to deter improvements . Therefore, in the Nara epoch, the principle of private ownership of land began to be recognized . Attention was also paid to road-making, bridge-building, river control and house construction, a special feature of this last being the use of tiles for roofing purposes in place of the shingles or
See also:thatch hitherto employed . In all these steps of progress Buddhist priests took an active part . Costumes were now governed by purely Chinese fashions .
This change had been gradually introduced from the time of Kotoku's legislative measures—generally called the Taikwa reforms after the name of the era (645-650) of their adoption—and was rendered more thorough by supplementary enactments in the period 701-703 while Mommu occupied the throne . Ladies seem by this time to have abandoned the strings of beads worn in early eras round the neck, wrists and ankles . They used ornaments of gold, silver or jade in their hair, but in other respects their habiliments closely resembled those of men, and to make the difference still less conspicuous they straddled their horses when
See also:riding . Attempts were made to facilitate travel by establishing stores of grain along the principal highways, but as yet there were no hostelries, and if a wayfarer did not find shelter in the house of a friend, he had to
See also:bivouac as best he could . Such a state of affairs in the provinces offered a marked contrast to the luxurious indulgence which had now begun to prevail in the capital . There festivals of various kinds, dancing,
See also:verse-composing, flower picnics,
See also:archery, polo, football—of a very refined nature—hawking, hunting and gambling absorbed the attention of the aristocracy . Nothing disturbed the serenity of the epoch except a revolt of the northern Yemishi, which was temporarily subdued by a Fujiwara general, for the Fujiwara had not yet laid aside the martial habits of their ancestors . In 794 the Imperial capital was transferred from Nara to Kioto by order of the emperor Kwammu, one of the greatest of Japanese sovereigns . Education, the organization of the civil service, riparian works, irrigation improvements, the separation of religion from politics, the abolition of sinecure offices, devices for encouraging and assisting agriculture, all received attention from him . But a twenty-two years' campaign against the northern Yemishi; the building of numerous temples; the indulgence of such a passionate love of the chase that he organized 140 hunting excursions during his reign of 25 years; profuse extravagance on the part of the aristocracy in KiOto and the exactions of provincial nobles, conspired to sink the working classes into greater depths of hardship than ever . Farmers had to borrow money and seed-rice from local officials or Buddhist temples, hypothecating their land as security; thus the temples and the nobles extended their already great estates, whilst the agricultural population gradually fell into a position of practical serfdom . Meanwhile the Fujiwara family were steadily developing their Rise of the influence in KiOto .
Their methods were simple but Fuywara. thoroughly effective . " By progressive exercises of arbitrariness they gradually contrived that the choice of aconsort for the sovereign should be legally limited to a daughter of their family, five branches of which were specially designated to that honour through all ages . When a son was born to an emperor, the Fujiwara took the child into one of their palaces, and on his accession to the throne, the particular Fujiwara noble that happened to be his maternal grandfather became regent of the empire . This office of regent, created towards the close of the 9th century, was part of the scheme; for the Fujiwara did not allow the
See also:purple to be worn by a sovereign after he had attained his majority, or, if they suffered him to wield the sceptre during a few years of manhood, they compelled him to abdicate so soon as any independent aspirations began to impair his docility; and since for the purposes of administration in these constantly recurring minorities an office more powerful than that of prime minister (dajo daijin) was needed, they created that of regent (kwambaku), making it hereditary in their own family . In fact the history of Japan from the 9th to the 19th century may be described as the history of four families, the Fujiwara, the Taira, the Minamoto and the Tokugawa . The Fujiwara governed through the emperor; the Taira, the Minamoto and the Tokugawa governed in spite of the emperor . The Fujiwara based their power on matrimonial alliances with the Throne; the Taira, the Minamoto and the Tokugawa based theirs on the possession of armed strength which the throne had no competence to control . There another broad line of cleavage is seen . Throughout the Fujiwara era the centre of political gravity remained always in the court . Throughout the era of the Taira, the Minamoto and the Tokugawa the centre of political gravity was transferred to a point outside the court, the head-quarters of a military feudalism." The process of transfer was of course gradual . It commenced with the granting of large tracts of tax-free lands to noblemen who had wrested them from the aborigines (Yemishi) or had reclaimed them by means of serf- - labour . These tracts lay for the most part in the northern and eastern parts of the main island, at such a distance from the Capital that the writ of the central government did not run there; and since such lands could be rented at rates considerably less than the tax levied on farms belonging to the state, the peasants by degrees abandoned the latter and settled on the former, with the result that the revenues of the Throne steadily diminished, while those of the provincial magnates correspondingly increased .
Moreover, in the 7th century, at the time of the adoption of Chinese models of administration and organization, the court began to rely for military protection on the services of guards temporarily drafted from the provincial troops, and, during the protracted struggle against the Yemishi in the north and east in the 8th century, the fact that the power of the sword lay with the provinces began to be noted . KiOto remained the source of authority . But with the growth • of luxury and effeminacy in the capital the Fujiwara became more and more averse from the hardships of campaign- The Taira ing, and in the 9th and loth centuries, respectively, and the the Taira and the Minamoto' families came into promi- mtnamoro• nence as military leaders, the field of the Taira operations being the south and west, that of the Minamoto the north and east . Had the court reserved to itself and munificently exercised the privilege of rewarding these services, it might still have retained power and wealth . But by a niggardly and contemptuous policy on the part of KiOto not only were the Minamoto leaders estranged but also they assumed the right of recompensing their followers with tax-free estates, an example which the Taira leaders quickly followed . By the early years of the 12th century these estates had attracted the great majority of the farming class, whereas the public land was left wild and uncultivated . In a word, the court and the Fujiwara found themselves without revenue, while the coffers of the Taira and the Minamoto were full: the power of the
See also:purse and the power of the sword had passed effectually to the two military families . Prominent features of the moral condition of the capital at this era (12th century) were superstition, refinement and effeminacy . A belief was widely held that calamity ' The Taira and the Minamoto both traced their descent from imperial princes; the Tokugawa were a branch of the Minamoto . could not be averted or success insured without recourse to Buddhist priests . Thus, during a reign of only 13 years at the close of the 11th century, the emperor Shirakawa caused 5420 religious pictures to be painted, ordered the casting of 127 statues of Buddha, each 11 ft. high, of 3150 life-sized images and of 2930 smaller idols, and constructed 21 large temples as well as 446,630 religious edifices of various kinds . Side by side with this faith in the supernatural, sexual immorality prevailed widely, never accompanied, however, by immodesty .
Literary proficiency ranked as the be-all and end-all of existence . " A man estimated the conjugal qualities of a young
See also:lady by her skill in finding scholarly similes and by her perception of the cadence of words . If a woman was so fortunate as to acquire a reputation for learning, she possessed a certificate of universal virtue and amiability." All the pastimes of the Nara epoch were pursued with increased fervour and elaboration in the Heian (Kioto) era . The building of fine dwelling-houses and the laying out of landscape gardens took place on a considerable scale, though in these respects the ideals of later ages were not yet reached . As to costume, the close-fitting, business-like and comparatively simple dress of the 8th century was exchanged for a much more elaborate
See also:style . During the Nara epoch the many-hued hats of China had been abandoned for a sober head-gear of silk
See also:gauze covered with black lacquer, but in the Heian era this was replaced by an imposing structure glistening with jewels: the sleeves of the
See also:tunic grew so long that they hung to the knees when a man's arms were crossed, and the trowsers were made so full and baggy that they resembled a divided skirt . From this era may be said to have commenced the manufacture of the tasteful and gorgeous textile fabrics for which Japan after-wards became famous . " A fop's ideal was to wear several suits, one above the other, disposing them so that their various colours showed in harmoniously contrasting lines at the folds on the bosom and at the edges of the long sleeves . A successful costume created a sensation in court circles . Its wearer became the hero of the hour, and under the pernicious influence of such ambition men began even to powder their faces and
See also:rouge their cheeks like women . As for the fair sex, their costume reached the acme of unpracticality and extravagance in this epoch . Long flowing hair was essential, and what with developing the volume and multiplying the number of her robes, and wearing above her trowsers a many-plied
See also:train, a grand lady of the time always seemed to be struggling to emerge from a
See also:cataract of habiliments." It was fortunate for Japan that circumstances favoured the growth of a military class in this age of her career, for had the conditions existing in KiOto during the Heian epoch spread throughout the whole country, the penalty never escaped by a demoralized nation must have overtaken her .
But by the middle of the 12th century the pernicious influence of the Fujiwara had paled before that of the Taira and the Minamoto, and a question of succession to the throne marshalled the latter two families in opposite camps, thus inaugurating an era of civil war which held the country in the throes of almost continuous battle for 450 years, placed it under the administration of a military feudalism, and educated a nation of warriors . At first the Minamoto were vanquished and driven from the capital, Kiyomori, the Taira chief, being left complete master of the situation . He established his headquarters at Rokuharu, in KiOto, appropriated the revenues of 30 out of the 66 provinces forming the empire, and filled all the high offices of state with his own relatives or connexions . But he made no radical change in the administrative system, preferring to follow the example of the Fujiwara by keeping the throne in the hands of minors . And he committed the blunder of sparing the lives of two youthful sons of his defeated rival, the Minamoto chief . They were Yoritomo and Yoshitsune; the latter the greatest strategist Japan ever produced, with perhaps one exception; the former, one of her three greatest statesmen, the founder of. military feudalism . By these two men the Taira were so completely overthrown that they never raised their heads again, a sea-fight at
See also:Dan-no-ura (1155) giving them the coup de grace . Their supremacy had lasted 22 years . The Feudal Era.—Yoritomo, acting largely under the advice of an astute counsellor, Oye no Hiromoto, established his seat of power at Kamakura, 300 M. from Kioto . He saw that, effectively to utilize the strength of the military class, propinquity to the military centres in the provinces was essential . At Kamakura he organized an administrative body similar in mechanism to that of the metropolitan government but studiously differentiated in the matter of nomenclature . As to the country at large, he brought it effectually under the sway of Kamakura by placing the provinces under the direct control of military governors, chosen and appointed by himself .
No attempt was made, however, to interfere in any way with the polity in Kioto: it was left intact, and the nobles about the Throne—kuge (courtly houses), as they came to be called in contradistinction to the buke (military houses)—were placated by renewal of their property titles . The Buddhist priests, also, who had been treated most harshly during the Taira tenure of power, found their fortunes restored under Kamakura's sway . Subsequently Yoritomo obtained for himself the title of sei-ilai-shogun (barbarian-subduing generalissimo), and just as the office of regent (kwambaku) had long been hereditary in the Fujiwara family, so the office of shogun became thenceforth hereditary in that of the Minamoto . These changes were radical . They signified a complete shifting of the centre of power . During eighteen centuries from the time of Jimmu's invasion—as Japanese historians reckon—the country had been ruled from the south; now the north became supreme, and for a civilian administration a purely military was substituted . But there was no contumely towards the court in K15to . Kamakura made a show of seeking Imperial sanction for every one of its acts, and the whole of the military administration was carried on in the name of the emperor by a shogun who called himself the Imperial
See also:deputy . In this respect things changed materially after the death of Yoritomo (1198) . Kamakura then became. the scene of a drama analogous to that acted in Kioto from the loth century . The Hojo family, to which belonged Masa, Yoritomo's consort, assumed towards the Kamakura shogun an attitude similar to that previously assumed by the Fujiwara family towards the emperor in Kioto . A child, who on state occasions was carried to the council chamber in Masa's arms, served as the nominal repository of the shogun's power, the functions of administration being discharged in reality by the Hojo family, whose successive heads took the name of shikken (
See also:constable) .
At first care was taken to have the shogun's office filled by a near relative of Yoritomo; but after the death of that great statesman's two sons and his
See also:nephew, the puppet shoguns were taken from the ranks of the Fujiwara or of the Imperial princes, and were deposed so soon as they attempted to assert themselves . What this meant becomes apparent when we note that in the interval of 83 years between 1220 and 1308, there were six shoguns whose ages at the time of
See also:appointment ranged from 3 to 16 . Whether, if events had not forced their hands, the Hojo constables would have maintained towards the Throne the reverent demeanour adopted by Yoritomo must remain a matter of conjecture . What actually happened was that the ex-emperor, Go-Toba, made an ill-judged attempt (1221) to break the power of Kamakura . He issued a call to arms which was responded to by some thousands of cenobites and as many soldiers of Taira extraction . In the brief struggle that ensued the Imperial partisans were wholly shattered, and the direct consequences were the dethronement and exile of the reigning emperor, the banishment of his predecessor together with two princes of the blood, and the compulsory adoption of the tonsure by Go-Toba; while the indirect consequence was that the succession to the throne and the tenure of Imperial power fell under the dictation of the Hojo as they had formerly fallen under the direction of the Fujiwara . Yoshitoki, then head of the Hojo family, installed his brother, Tokifusa, as military governor of Kioto, and confiscating about 3000 estates, the property of those who had espoused the Imperial cause, distributed these lands among the adherents of his own family, thus Rule of the Ha"B . greatly strengthening the basis of the feudal system . " It fared with the Hojo as it had fared with all the great families that preceded them: their own misrule ultimately wrought their ruin . Their first eight representatives were talented and up-right administrators . They took justice, simplicity and truth for guiding principles; they despised luxury and pomp; they never aspired to high official rank; they were content with two provinces for estates, and they sternly repelled the effeminate, depraved customs of Kioto." Thus the greater part of the r3th century was, on the whole, a golden era for Japan, and the lower orders learned to welcome feudalism . Nevertheless no century furnished more conspicuous illustrations of the peculiarly Japanese system of vicarious government .
Children occupied the position of shogun in Kamakura under authority emanating from children on the throne in Kioto; and members of the Hojo family as shikken administered affairs at the mandate of the child shoguns . Through all three stages in the dignities of mikado, shogun and shikken, the strictly regulated principle of
See also:heredity was maintained, according to which no Hojo shikken could ever become shogun; no Minamoto or Fujiwara could occupy the throne . At the beginning of the 14th century, how-ever, several causes combined to shake the supremacy of the Hojo . Under the sway of the ninth shikken (Takatoki), the austere simplicity of life and earnest discharge of executive duties which had distinguished the early chiefs of the family were exchanged for luxury, debauchery and perfunctory government . Thus the management of fiscal affairs fell into the hands of Takasuke, a man of usurious instincts . It had been the wise custom of the Hojo constables to store grain in seasons of plenty, and distribute it at low prices in times of dearth . There occurred at this epoch a succession of bad harvests, but instead of opening the state granaries with benevolent liberality, Takasuke sold their contents at the highest obtainable rates; and, by way of contrast to the prevailing indigence, the people saw the constable in Kamakura affecting the pomp and extravagance of a sovereign waited upon by 37 mistresses, supporting a band of 2000 dancers, and keeping a
See also:pack of 5000 fighting dogs . The throne happened to be then occupied (1319-1338) by an emperor, Go-Daigo, who had reached full maturity before his accession, and was correspondingly averse from acting the puppet part assigned to the sovereigns of his time . Female influence contributed to his impatience . One of his concubines bore a son for whom he sought to obtain nomination as prince imperial, in defiance of an arrangement made by the Hojo that the succession should pass alternately to the senior and junior branches of the Imperial family . Kamakura refused to entertain Go-Daigo's project, and thenceforth the child's mother importuned her sovereign and
See also:lover to overthrow the Hojo . The entourage of the throne in Kioto at this time was a counterpart of former eras .
The Fujiwara, indeed, wielded nothing of their ancient influence . They had been divided by the Hojo into five branches, each endowed with an equal right to the office of regent, and their strength was thus dissipated in struggling among themselves for the possession of theprize . But what the Fujiwara had done in their days of greatness, what the Taira had done during their brief tenure of power, the Saionji were now doing, namely, aspiring to furnish prime ministers and empresses from their own family solely . They had already given consorts to five emperors in succession, and jealous rivals were watching keenly to attack this
See also:clan which threatened to usurp the place long held by the most illustrious family in the land . A petty incident disturbed this state of very
See also:tender equilibrium before the plan of the Hojo's enemies had fully matured, and the emperor presently found himself an exile on the island of
See also:Oki . But there now appeared upon the scene three men of great prowess: Kusunoki Masashige, Nitta Yoshisada and Ashikaga Takauji . The first espoused from the outset the cause of the Throne and, though commanding only a small force, held the Hojo troops in check . The last two were both of Minamoto descent . Their common ancestor was Minamoto Yoshiiye, whose exploits against the northern Yemishi in the second half of the 11th century had so impressed his countrymen that they gave him the title of Hachiman Taro (first- born of the god of war) . Both men took the field originally in the cause of the Hojo, but at heart they desired to be avenged upon the latter for disloyalty to the Minamoto . Nitta Yoshisada marched suddenly against Kamakura, carried it by storm and committed the city to the flames . Ashikaga Takauji occupied Kioto, and with the suicide of Takatoki the Hojo fell finally from rule after 115 years of supremacy (1219-1334) .
The emperor now returned from exile, and his son, Prince Moriyoshi, having been appointed to the office of shogun at Kamakura, the restoration of the administrative power to the Throne seemed an accomplished fact . Go-Daigo, however, was not in any sense a wise sovereign . The extermination of the HojO placed wide estates at his disposal, but instead of rewarding those who had deserved The well of him, he used a great part of them to enrich Ashikaga his favourites, the companions of his dissipation . Shoguns . Ashikaga Takauji sought just such an opportunity . The following year (1335) saw him proclaiming himself shogun at Kamakura, and after a complicated
See also:pageant of incidents, the emperor Go-Daigo was obliged once more to fly from Kioto . He carried the regalia with him, refused to submit to Takauji, and declined to recognize his usurped title of shogun . The Ashikaga chief solved the situation by deposing Go-Daigo and placing upon the throne another
See also:scion of the imperial family who is known in history,tts Komyo (1336-1348), and who, of course, confirmed Takauji in the office of shogun . Thus commenced the Ashikaga line of shoguns, and thus commenced also a fifty-six-year period of divided sovereignty, the emperor Go-Daigo and his descendants reigning in Yoshino as the southern court (nancho), and the emperor Komyo and his descendants reigning in KiOto as the northern court (hokucho) . It was by the efforts of the shogun Yoshimitsu, one of the greatest of the Ashikaga potentates, that this quarrel was finally composed, but during its progress the country had fallen into a deplorable condition . " The constitutional powers had become completely disorganized, especially in regions at a distance from the chief towns . The peasant was impoverished, his spirit broken, his hope of better things completely gone .
He dreamed away his miserable existence and left the
See also:fields untilled . Bands of robbers followed the armies through the interior of the country, and increased the feeling of lawlessness and insecurity . The coast population, especially that of the island of Kiushiu, had given itself up in a great measure to piracy . Even on the shores of Korea and China these enterprising Japanese corsairs made their appearance." The shogun Yoshimitsu checked piracy, and there ensued between Japan and China a renewal of cordial intercourse which, upon the part of the shogun, developed phases plainly suggesting an admission of Chinese suzerainty . For a brief moment during the sway of Yoshimitsu the country had rest from internecine war, but immediately after his death (1394) the struggle began afresh . Many of the great territorial lords had now grown too puissant to concern themselves about either mikado or shogun . Each fought for his own hand, thinking only of extending his sway and his territories . By the middle of the 16th century Kioto was in ruins, and little vitality remained in any trade or industry except those that ministered to the wants of the
See also:warrior . Again in the case of the Ashikaga shoguns the political tendency to exercise power vicariously was shown, as it had been shown in the case of the mikados in Kioto and in the case of the Minamoto in Kamakura . What the regents had been to the emperors and the constables to the Minamoto shoguns, that the wardens (kwanryo) were to the Ashikaga shoguns . Therefore, for possession of this office of kwanryo vehement conflicts were waged, and at one time five rival shoguns were used as figure-heads by contending factions . Yoshimitsu had apportioned an ample
See also:allowance for the support of the Imperial court, but in the continuous warfare following his death the estates charged with the duty of paying this allowance ceased to return any revenue; the court nobles had to seek shelter and sustenance with one or other of the feudal chiefs in the provinces, and the court itself was reduced to such a state of indigence that when the emperor Go-Tsuchi died (1500), his
See also:corpse lay for forty days awaiting burial, no funds being available for purposes of sepulture .
Alone among the vicissitudes of these troublous times the strength and influence of Buddhism grew steadily . The great monasteries were military strongholds as well as places of worship . When the emperor Kwammu chose Kioto for his capital, he established on the
See also:hill of Hiyei-zan, which lay north-east of the city, a magnificent temple to
See also:ward off the evil influences supposed to emanate from that quarter . Twenty years later, Kobo, the most famous of all Japanese Buddhist
See also:saints, founded on Koyasan in Yamato a monastery not less important than that of Hiyei-zan . These and many other temples had large tax-free estates, and for the protection of their property they found it expedient to train and arm the cenobites as soldiers . From that to taking active part in the political struggles of the time was but a short step, especially as the great temples often became refuges of sovereigns and princes who, though nominally forsaking the world, retained all their interest, and even continued to take an active part, in its vicissitudes . It is recorded of the emperor Shirakawa (ro73–1086) that the three things which he declared his total inability to control were the waters of the river Kamo, the fall of the dice, and the monks of Buddha . His successors might have confessed equal inability . Kiyomori, the puissant chief of the Taira family, had fruitlessly essayed to defy the Buddhists; Yoritomo, in the hour of his most signal
See also:triumph, thought it wise to placate them . Where these representatives of centralized power found themselves impotent, it may well be supposed that the comparatively petty chieftans who fought each for his own hand in the 15th and 16th centuries were in-capable of accomplishing anything . In fact, the task of centralizing the administrative power, and thus restoring peace and order to the distracted empire, seemed, at the middle of the 16th century, a task beyond achievement by human capacity . But if ever events create the men to deal with them, such was the case in the second half of that century .
Three of the Nobunaga, greatest captains and statesmen in Japanese history Hldeyoshl appeared upon the stage simultaneously, and more-and over worked in union, an event altogether inconiyeyasu. sistent with the nature of the age . They were Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi (the taiko) and Tokugawa Iyeyasu . Nobunaga belonged to the Taira family and was originally ruler of a small fief in the province of Owari . Iyeyasu, a sub-feudatory of Nobunaga's enemy, the powerful daimyo 1 of Mikawa and two other provinces, was a scion of the Minamoto and therefore eligible for the shOgunate . Hideyoshi was a peasant's son, equally lacking in patrons and in personal attractions . No chance seemed more remote than that such men, above all Hideyoshi, could possibly rise to supreme power . On the other hand, one outcome of the commotion with which the country had seethed for more than four centuries was to give special effect to the principle of natural selection . The fittest alone surviving, the qualities that made for fitness came to take precedence of rank or station, and those qualities were prowess in the battle-field and wisdom in the statesman's closet . " Any plebeian that would prove himself a first-class fighting man was willingly received into the armed comitatus which every feudal potentate was eager to attach to himself and his
See also:flag." It was thus that Hideyoshi was originally enrolled in the ranks of Nobunaga's retainers . Nobunaga, succeeding to his small fief in Owari in 1542, added to it six whole provinces within 25 years of continuous endeavour . Being finally invited by the emperor to undertake the pacification of the country, and appealed to by Yoshiaki, the last of the Ashikaga chiefs, to secure for him the shogunate, he marched into Kioto at the head of a powerful army (1568), and, having accomplished the latter purpose, was preparing to complete the former when he fell under the sword of a traitor . Throughout his brilliant career he had the invaluable assistance of Hideyoshi, who would have attained immortal fame on any stage in any era .
Hideyoshi entered Nobunaga's service as a
See also:groom and ended by administering the whole empire . When be accompanied 1 Daimyo ("great name") was the title given to a feudal chief.Nobunaga to Kioto in obedience to the invitation of the mikado, Okimachi, order and tranquillity were quickly restored in the capital and its vicinity . But to extend this blessing to the whole country, four powerful daimyos as well as the militant monks had still to be dealt with . The monks had from the outset sheltered and succoured Nobunaga's enemies, and one great prelate, Kenryo, hierarch of the Monto sect, whose headquarters were at Osaka, was believed to aspire to the throne itself . In 1571 Nobunaga attacked and gave to the flames the celebrated monastery of Hiyei-zan, established nearly eight centuries previously; and in 158o he would have similarly served the splendid temple Hongwan-ji in Osaka, had not the mikado sought and obtained grace for it . The task then remained of subduing four powerful daimyos, three in the south and one in the north-east, who continued to follow the bent of their own warlike ambitions without paying the least attention to either sovereign or shogun . The task was commenced by sending an army under Hideyoshi against Mori of Choshu, whose fief lay on the northern shore of the Shimonoseki strait . This proved to be the last enterprise planned by Nobunaga . On a morning in June 1582 one of the corps intended to reinforce Hideyoshi's army marched out of Kameyama under the command of Akechi Mitsuhide, who either harboured a personal grudge against Nobunaga or was swayed by blind ambition . Mitsuhide suddenly changed the route of his troops, led them to Kioto, and attacked the temple HonnO-ji where Nobunaga was sojourning all unsuspicious of treachery . Rescue and resistance being alike hopeless, the great soldier committed suicide . Thirteen days later, Hideyoshi, having concluded peace with Mori of Choshu, fell upon Mitsuhide's forces and shattered them, Mitsuhide himself being killed by a peasant as he fled from the field .
Nobunaga's removal at once made Hideyoshi the most conspicuous figure in the empire, the only man with any claim to dispute that title being Tokugawa Iyeyasu . These Hideyoshi. two had hitherto worked inconcert . But the ques- tion of the succession to Nobunaga's estates threw the country once more into tumult . He left two grown-up sons and a baby grandson, whose father, Nobunaga's first-born, had perished in the holocaust at Honno-ji . Hideyoshi, not unmindful, it may be assumed, of the privileges of a guardian, espoused the cause of the infant, and wrested from Nobunaga's three other great captains a reluctant endorsement of his choice . Nobutaka, third son of Nobunaga, at once drew the sword, which he presently had to turn against his own person; two years later (1584), his elder brother, Nobuo, took the field under the
See also:aegis of Tokugawa Iyeyasu . Hideyoshi and Iyeyasu, now pitted against each other for the first time, were found to be of equal prowess, and being too wise to prolong a useless war, they reverted to their old alliance, subsequently confirming it by a family union, the son of Iyeyasu being adopted by Hideyoshi and the latter's daughter being given in marriage to Iyeyasu . Hideyoshi had now been invested by the mikado with the post of regent, and his position in the capital was omnipotent . He organized in KiOto a magnificent pageant, in which the principal figures were himself, Iyeyasu, Nobuo and twenty-seven daimyos . The emperor was present . Hideyoshi sat on the right of the throne, and all the nobles did obeisance to the sovereign . Prior to this event Hideyoshi had conducted against the still defiant daimyos of Kiushiu, especially Shimazu of Satsuma, the greatest army ever massed by any Japanese general, and had reduced the island of the nine provinces, not by weight of armament only, but also by a signal exercise of the wise clemency which distinguished him from all the statesmen of his era .
The whole of Japan was now under Hideyoshi's sway except the fiefs in the extreme north and those in the region known as the Kwanto, namely, the eight provinces forming the eastern elbow of the main island . Seven of these provinces were virtu-ally under the sway of Hojo Ujimasa, fourth representative of a family established in 1476 by a brilliant adventurer of Ise, not related in any way to the great but then
See also:extinct house of Kamakura Hojos . The daimyOs in the north were comparatively powerless to resist Hideyoshi, but to reach them the Kwanto had to be reduced, and not only was its chief, Ujimasa, a formidable foe, but also the topographical features of the district represented fortifications of immense strength . After various unsuccessful overtures, having for their purpose to induce Ujimasa to visit the capital and pay homage to the emperor, Hideyoshi marched from Kioto in the spring of 1590 at the head of 170,000 men, his colleagues Nobuo and Iyeyasu having under their orders 8o,000 more . The campaign ended as did all Hideyoshi's enterprises, except that he treated his vanquished enemies with unusual severity . During the three months spent investing Odawara, the northern daimyos surrendered, and thus the autumn of 1590 saw Hideyoshi master of Japan from end to end, and saw Tokugawa Iyeyasu established at Yedo as recognized ruler of the eight provinces of the KwantO . These two facts should be bracketed together, because Japan's emergence from the deep gloom of long-continued civil strife was due not more to the brilliant qualities of Hideyoshi and Iyeyasu individually than to the fortunate synchronism of their careers, so that the one was able to carry the other's work to completion and permanence .
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