By Olive Checkland
Throughout the Meiji period, of 1868-1912, British impact in Japan used to be superior than that of the other overseas energy. even though position types have been sought from Englishmen and Scotsmen, even if diplomats, engineers, educators or philosophers, the 1st precedence for the japanese was once to accomplish a move of commercial and technical talents. As vital buyers, who introduced strong earnings to British undefined, the japanese have been accommodated after they stipulated on awarding a freelance that their very own humans should still paintings in place of work, shipyard or manufacturing unit. a lot new examine fabric chanced on in Japan, England and Scotland has enabled the certain exam of a dating - with Britain as Senior and Japan as Junior associate - which lasted till 1914. It was once on those foundations that Japan used to be capable for this reason to construct a very good commercial country.
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49 This rapid rejection of Lancashire's cotton products was due to the way in which the Japanese cotton textile industry, although initially alarmed by foreign imports, rallied to protect itself. As early as 1878, Japanese producers had succeeded in rejecting imports of foreign cloth preferring cotton yarn wh ich could subsequently be worked up by local cotton-weavers. Thc acting British Consul, Dohmer, at Kanagawa, reported in 1879 that 'the enormous consumption of yarn suggests that native wants are rapidly being supplied by native woven cloth, and travellers in thc interior of the country report that in various pi aces attempts are being made to foster cotton-weaving'.
Later Charles Cammell and Co. Ltd, manufacturers of steel rails, armaments and heavy castings at Sheffield, Penistone and Grimethorpe were also successful in the Japanese market. J. lS. The Vu\can Foundry (of Newton-le-Willows) also supplied twenty-three; Nasmyth Wilson of Patricroft, Manchester, 138; Kitsons of Leeds, twenty-seven; and Beyer Peacock of Manchester who supplied 194 43 shows their purchasers. 2 North British locomotives exported to Japan, 1903-11 Railway 1903-11 Nippon Kansai Imperial Government Railway Hokkaido Railway (Kansan) Imperial Taiwan Railway 6 4 210 11 9 240 Source: Compiled from original figures in NBL, GUA.
He had been particularly incensed by the Richardson affair which was a cause celebre in Japan, in 1862, writing: Mr Richardson rides out for pleasure, he meets the procession of a Japanese Noble accustomed from childhood to certain marks of respect - If Mr Richardson objected to paying them why did he not do as he was urged by his more sensible companions and turn back or leave the road? I knew the unfortunate man, for I had to support the Consul in Shanghai in inflicting upon hirn a heavy fine for a most brutal and unprovoked attack upon an unoffending coolie in his employ.
Britain’s Encounter with Meiji Japan, 1868–1912 by Olive Checkland