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The Twentieth Century

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Tomisaburō was a prominent figure in a city where, over the years, the foreign community had become increasingly integrated with the native population. Tomisaburō's later years encapsulate the change of mood in Nagasaki from a cosmopolitan city with an international outlook to a place where outsiders were treated with suspicion by the authorities. With the growth of the Japanese empire in the early years of the twentieth century, Kyushu's ports became gateways for supplying the new colonies. The tense relations with Korea and mainland China following the Pacific War led to a drastic reduction in commercial shipping across the Tsushima Straits and the East China Sea. Environmental warning signs were ignored in the rush towards post-war recovery by companies and local authorities alike. The impact of information technology and ever-increasing access to 'borderless' communication in recent years has also helped to promote the development of these civilian networks.

Keywords: commercial shipping; East China Sea; international outlook; Japanese empire; Kyushu's ports; Nagasaki; Pacific War; Tomisaburō; Tsushima Straits

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