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The “rat minister”: Komura Jutaro and U.S.-Japan relations

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In the first year of their war with Russia, the underdog Japanese scored victory after victory over their formidable enemy. The military phase of the war had come to an end and the battle was fought amongst the diplomats who convened in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the invitation of the U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt in August 1905. Matters were also changing in Tokyo as Prime Minister Katsura Taro and Foreign Minister Komura Jutaro, both of whom had initially opposed a diplomatic settlement, began to favor a more pacific course as well. At the international level, U.S.-Japan relations were in relative harmony. Both nations were determined to collaborate in Asia by preserving their respective national interests and maintaining regional stability. American policies in Manchuria, Taft's Dollar Diplomacy to be precise, did momentarily become a sore point in U.S.-Japan relations.

Keywords: Komura Jutaro; Manchuria; Portsmouth; Russia; Theodore Roosevelt; U.S.-Japan relations



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