INTRODUCTION

 

I am therefore convinced that our policy

should be to stake everything on the present opportunity, to

conclude friendly alliances, to send ships to foreign countries

everywhere and conduct trade, to copy the foreigners where they

are at their best and so repair our own shortcomings, to foster

our national strength and complete our armaments, and so

gradually subject the foreigners to our influence until in the

end all the countries of the world know the blessing of perfect

tranquillity and our hegemony is acknowledged throughout the

world.

 

Masayoshi Hotta

Advisor to the Shogun

1857.

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