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Crossing Empire's EdgeForeign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia$
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Erik Esselstrom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832315

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832315.001.0001

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Crossing Empire's Edge

Erik Esselstrom

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines the role played by Japan's consular police in shaping the Japanese colonial presence in East Asia. Drawing upon a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, including the Gaimushō keisatsushi (A History of the Foreign Ministry Police), the book considers how the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimushō) used this police force to apprehend Korean, Chinese, and Japanese purveyors of “dangerous thought” throughout the empire. It highlights the ways in which the police enabled the Gaimushō to actively promote colonial expansionism in accordance with its perceived political security prerogatives. It also shows how domestic politics intertwined with foreign policy in the Gaimushō's police work.

Keywords:   consular police, Japan, East Asia, Gaimushō keisatsushi, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gaimushō, colonial expansionism, political security, domestic politics, foreign policy

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