Racial Discrimination in the USA Led to Mounting Anti-US Sentiment in Japan
White Racial Prejudice and their Effect on Japan
Paul Claudel, celebrated poet,writer and French Ambassador to Japan
from 1921 to 1927, wrote in a letter on April 24,1924 that the news
of mounting discrimination against Japanese immigrants and their descendants
were being received with shock in Japan, and perceived as humiliating,
especially since the country had made concerted efforts politically
to convince the USA that it was a friendly nation.
1) potential anger will surface in areas of politics,diplomacy and industry.
2) a sense of solidarity between different classes,particularly between students, laborers, and socialist organizations which are most ardent in their protests against the USA, will increase.
3) a feeling of solidarity with Asians, particularly the Chinese, will increase, and Japan will gradually turn its eyes towards China.
Proposition for Racial Equality Refused, 1919: the making of the League of Nations Charter
Before WWII, in Asia, only Japan and Thailand
could be considered independent, and mostly free from Western colonial
rule. When the Charter for the League of Nations was debated in 1919
in Versailles, Japan proposed that a clause stating "the eqality of
all nations and fair treatment of all peoples" be included in the
This was one of the turning points in modern Japanese history when public opinion went sour against the USA, confirming the increasing suspicion that there was much racism in the USA (discrimination against Japanese immigrants mainly in California had become quite blatant by then), and citizens began to rally support for the military.
kara mita Nihonjin : Showa hen (Looking at Japanese in Japanese History:
Toa Sensou he no Michi (Path to the Great East Asian War")