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Global MarketsThe Internationalization of the Sea Transport Industries since 1850$
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David J Starkey and Gelina Harlaftis

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128848

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128848.001.0001

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The Expansion of Japan's Shipping Interests before the Sino-Japanese War

The Expansion of Japan's Shipping Interests before the Sino-Japanese War

(p.149) The Expansion of Japan's Shipping Interests before the Sino-Japanese War
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Katayama Kunio

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that the expansion of a nation’s shipping industry, though often accompanied by imperialist activity, does not guarantee it. Katayama Kunio considers the role of commerce, rather than imperialism, to be the intrinsic link to shipping expansion, and uses the expansion of Japanese shipping before the 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese war as the core case study. Kunio studies the contextual background to Japan’s international shipping interests, including the history of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha company, the ambitions of Japanese Shipowners, the debates in Japanese parliament, and Japanese public opinion, to determine the motives that led Japan to enter into international shipping and trade.

Keywords:   Japanese Shipowners, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Maritime Japan, Freight Shipping, Japanese Imperialism

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