This is a study of the impact of inter-war naval arms control policy-making on the domestic politics of Japan, especially the areas of civil-military, inter-military (Army/Navy) and especially intra-military (Navy) relations and on the professional and political career of one leading naval figure, Admiral Kato Kanji (1873-1939). In this re-appraisal of Kato's career, the author challenges the conventional and negative interpretation of both Kato's role in the naval politics and factions within the Imperial Navy, utilizing Kato's involvement in the domestic political debate as a focal device for studying two key areas of Japanese civil-military relations: civilian control and the phenomenon of massive, overt naval intervention in domestic politics.

chapter |13 pages


part |1 pages

PART I Kato’s Formative Years

chapter 1|18 pages

The Early Years

chapter 3|28 pages

The Road to the Washington Conference

part |1 pages

PART II Kato and Naval Limitation

chapter 4|53 pages

Katō at Washington, 1921–22

chapter 8|18 pages

Katō and the Treaty Ratification Issue

chapter 10|32 pages

Katō’s final years