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The Foreign Ministry Network, 1904–1937

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Japan's methods of dealing with the representatives of the Western press and the English-language newspapers of East Asia went through five overlapping stages that mixed persuasion and negotiation with tight, well-financed organization, an aggressive 'cold war', and finally, in the run-up to all-out war in China and the Pacific. This chapter describes how the English- language newspapers of East Asia appeared from an official Japanese perspective. It examines both hostile developments and compromises reached in the relationship between these newspapers and individual journalists and the Foreign Ministry of Japan. It identifies some of the factors leading to the formation of the independent English- language press networks that would also contribute to their eventual harassment and closure. The chapter discusses the Foreign Ministry and other authorities working through a succession of national news agencies and newspapers, and contracting Tokyo correspondents to burnish Japan's image in reports sent to leading Western newspapers.

Keywords: China; cold war; English-language newspapers; Japan; national news agencies; Pacific; Western press

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