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The Impact Of The War On The Constitutional Government In Japan

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Wakabayashi Han's Kaikyō Sekai to Nihon, one of the first accounts of this little known history of modern Japan and the world of Islam until then, apparently had achieved an immediate wide reception. The book appears to have been meant for public relations in the Japanese audience to find friends for the Islam policy among financial and political circles. By making liberal references to the Pan-Asianist figures of the Meiji era and the central symbolic role of their good friend Ibrahim, the book was meant to gain more supporters from the ascending political and military circles of the day with an Asianist internationalist agenda after the Manchurian invasion. The book demonstrates how the legacy of the Russo-Japanese War was put to use for the development of this 1930s policy of training Japanese Muslim agents who served in active duty in the operations of World War II.

Keywords: Islam; Kaikyō Sekai to Nihon; Meiji era; Pan-Asianism; Russo-Japanese War; Wakabayashi Han



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