SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

British propaganda in Japan, her ally, during the First World War

Ayako Hotta-Lister
Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister (Independent scholar/historian)

Date: 5 February 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 5 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Seminar


Being an ally of Britain, Japan was asked to participate in the War at an early stage, successfully defeating Germany in the Far East and carrying out some other tasks.   However, some Japanese leaders were pro-German and German sympathisers in various ways. Britain was well aware that such sentiments had been prevalent in some quarters in Japan.  After long consideration, British leaders resolved to do something to counter such feelings and win back her ally's sentiment to the Allied side.  It was also the issue of state "intelligence" activities between supposedly friendly and even formally allied countries is perhaps topical in the light of recent U.S. intelligence revelations.

This study therefore attempts to find what Britain did and how she did so and Japan's reactions to such British efforts at the time. This topic is one of many aspects of a large ongoing research within the framework of 'media coverage of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance' which became more and more complex after the signature of the third alliance (1911) due to various events and changes in the world.    

Speaker Biography

Brief bio:    
PhD, International History, LSE (Univ. of London) in 1995

Publication: Japan-British Exhibition of 1910: Gateway to Island Empire of the East (1995); contributed in Britain and Japan: Biographical Portrait,  Vol. I (1994) and V (2005); chapters in Japanese Envoys in Britain (2007); Commerce and Culture at the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition: Centenary Perspectives (2013).

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