chapter  8
E.H.House—Japan’s American Advocate
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BETWEEN the Meiji Restoration and the Boxer Uprising. Japan advanced from diplomatic humiliation to a substantial position in international society. In her struggle for the revision of the unequal treaties, her political and military successes exerted a direct influence on Western governments, but foreign leaders were also influenced by pro-Japanese opinion.1 From its early years, the Meiji government often sought to influence Western public opinion and in this, as in industrial modernisation, skilled foreign advisers were essential to the success of novel and subtle policies.2