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PREFACE.

I FEEL that some explanation is due when a Japanese ventures to address himself to English readers ; my plea is that the matters on which I write are of vital importance to England as well as to Japan. Though I feel that

my knowledge of English is so imperfect that many errors of idiom and style and even of

grammar must appear in my pages, yet I hope that the courtesy which I have ever experienced in this country will be extended also to my book.

My aim has been twofold : on the one hand, to arouse my own countrymen to a sense of the great part Japan has to play in the coming century; on the other, to call the

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