chapter  13
The Anglo-Japanese Alliance and the British Press
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The first conclusion one might reach is that coverage of Japan was surprisingly full across a wide range of publications. One example is the London based satirical weekly Punch or The London Charivari. In the years 1903 to 1905 it published over thirty major cartoons relating to Japan, while in 1904 the title pages of two volumes of Punch were devoted to the Russo-Japanese War.2 In the same period issues of The Illustrated London News in which the cover page was totally devoted to a Japanese theme or personality were also surprisingly numerous.3 Density of coverage was often shaped by particular events —such as the Russo-Japanese War, and the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910.4 However it is likely that press interest in Japan in these years was not only the spontaneous product of the alliance relationship.