Masaryk University Faculty of Arts Department of English and American Studies


Japan-U.S. Relations before the World War II



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2. Japan-U.S. Relations before the World War II

The history of Japanese immigration to the United States has been interwoven with the relationship between these two countries from its very beginnings. The truth is this relationship did not start very well and the problems it encountered throughout the years had a negative impact on the attitude toward people of Japanese descent that were coming to the United States. Over the years the balance of powers has been shifting and these shifts were reflected in both the domestic politics of the two states and the way they treated each other. Especially the internal political changes in the Japanese Empire influenced the state´s approach toward emigration and its subjects abroad. As Japan grew in influence, Japanese settlements overseas started to be linked with its aggressive expansion thanks to their contacts with the Empire and consequently fear and resentment felt toward them grew as well.




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