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The Japanese Consular System In China During The Russo-Japanese War

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This chapter examines the Japanese consular system in China, which developed into an interesting historical phenomenon, in the context of modern international law, particularly under wartime conditions. During the Russo-Japanese War, the duties of consuls expanded in range and scale due to the necessities of wartime and the consular system gradually developed, the most concrete result of which was a new structure for consular cooperation. The modern Japanese consular system in China followed the policy decisions of Foreign Minister Komura, and the resident minister (ambassador) and consuls were the instruments of his will. The formation of this hierarchical structure was effective in carrying out the Japanese government's objectives and allowed Komura to pursue foreign policy with precision. The Japanese consular system in China during the Russo-Japanese War may be said to have existed for only a short period, but this was an extremely important stage in its overall development.

Keywords: China; Foreign Minister Komura; Japanese Consular System; modern international law; Russo-Japanese War



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