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Thomas W. Burkman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780824829827

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824829827.001.0001

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The Japanese Face at Geneva

The Japanese Face at Geneva

Nitobe Inazō and Ishii Kikujirō

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(p.142) 6 The Japanese Face at Geneva
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Japan and the League of Nations
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Thomas W. Burkman

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824829827.003.0006

This chapter focuses on Ishii Kikujirō and Nitobe Inazō, who were among Japan’s best and brightest of the Bakumatsu generation. More than any other persons, they were the embodiment of Japan at the League of Nations. Ishii was a professional diplomat who represented Japan in Assembly and Council meetings while he served as ambassador to Paris from 1920 to 1927. Nitobe was an educator and former colonial administrator, and was the highest-ranking Japanese in the employ of the Secretariat from the time it was organized in 1919 until his retirement in 1926. Both carried out their duties with diligence and cultivated networks of personal relationships that facilitated their work. Both also drew praise in Geneva as exemplars of internationalism.

Keywords:   Ishii Kikujirō, Nitobe Inazō, League of Nations, internationalism

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