Annual Register Volume 159

Annual Register Volume 159

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...since the Mikado had sent for Terauchi on the advice of the Genro (Elder Statesmen), who, according to the Kenseikai, ought not to have interfered in the matter. The retiring Premier, Count Okuma, had recommended the Emperor to send for Viscount Kato, and the Kenseikai alleged that the sovereign was under a Constitutional obligation to follow the advice of the outgoing Premier in preference to that of the Genro. The elections took place on April 20 and the Government obtained a majority. Marshal Terauchi's own followers, the Seiyukai, obtained 163 seats, the Kenseikai won 122, and the Kokuminto (the so-called Popular Party) were returned only 36 strong. In addition, 58 Independent members were elected, the House of Representatives consisting of 379 members. Nearly all the Independents were regarded as supporters of the Government, so that Marshal Terauchi's position now appeared fairly secure. When Parliament met again in June the Premier announced that he proposed to institute a committee of all parties to supervise foreign policy. The aim, apparently, was to preserve complete national unity in external aflairs by associating the leaders of all parties with the conduct of foreign policy. The proposal was not well received, however, and Viscount Kato refused a seat on the new committee. Mr. Inuka, leader of the Kokuminto, became a member of the committee. It was announced in March that Portugal had sold the port of Macao to Japan. Macao was one of the very oldest European possessions in the Far East, having been leased to Portugal by China since the year 1586. It was announced in June that a special mission would be sent to the United States to confer with the American Government upon Chinese problems and other questions....show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 517g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236868374
  • 9781236868374