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Crossing Empire's Edge: Foreign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia

Erik Esselstrom


For more than half a century, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimushō) possessed an independent police force that operated within Japan's informal empire on the Asian continent. Charged with “protecting and controlling” local Japanese communities first in Korea and later in China, these consular police played a critical role in facilitating Japanese imperial expansion during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This book describes how the Gaimushō police became deeply involved in the surveillance and suppression of the Korean independence movement in exile throughout Chinese ... More

Keywords: surveillance, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, imperial expansion, Gaimushō, consular police, Korean independence movement, Japan, political security, China, Manchuria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832315
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Esselstrom, author
University of Vermont