A DIPLOMAT IN JAPAN, by Ernest Satow. New York/Tokyo: ICG Muse, Inc., 2000, 424 pp., 1,300 yen.

This is a welcome reissue of the long-out-of-print 1921 edition of Ernest Satow’s memoirs. Its contents are indicated in his original subtitle: “The inner history of the critical years in the evolution of Japan when the ports were opened and the monarch restored, recorded by a diplomatist who took an active part in the events of the time, with an account of his personal experiences during that period.”

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