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Nagata, Hidejiro

America, a land that is dear to me

author [?], Tokyo. 1938, 8p., inserted photographic plate, staplebound 7.5 x 5 inch blank cardstock wraps with plain printed jacket adhered at spine (as issued). The printed wrapper is acidic and has foxed whatever paper it touched; is also dustsoiled, scribbled-on, and abraded along spine fold. The booklet itself is bumped. "The following is in substance the speech which I delivered at the Japan-American goodwill gathering, held at the Hibiya Auditorium, Tokyo, on February 19, 1938. As it is rather a bold statement, I fear lest it should hurt your [American] feelings. In view of the fact, however, that it is a straightforward expression of the sentiments of a Japanese, I make bold to send it to you just as it was given, and have asked Professor Itsu Maki..to translate into English for me.." Nagata is shrewd propagandist-- "So long as the Americans can leave other countries behind, they are contented with anything and everthing, whether good or bad. They seem..as proud of Al Capone..as of Abraham Lincoln.." --but he is holding few cards. While acknowledging that Japan is loathed, he avoids any comment on China, and can only argue, weakly, that Europe will benefit from a "Japan-American war"

Cat.No: 92804

Price: $20.00

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