From Theodore Roosevelt's perspective, in what ways did Japan pose a threat to the US? What was the historical context for the document? What were the long-term consequences of the immigration issue for US-Japan relations?
From Theodore Roosevelt's perspective, in what ways did Japan pose a threat to the US?
Japan poses a threat in several ways. First of all they pose a military threat. Roosevelt admits that they do not pose a current military threat since he believes them to be too poor and weak at the moment. However, they have recently defeated the Russians (1904-05) and their morale is very high at the moment. Roosevelt points out that their immediate goals will involve China and East Asia. He notes that the population of Japan is growing and since they do not have the ability to expand due to their existence as an island nation, they will seek to expand into eastern Asia as soon as they have the means and material to do so. They he perceives an attack on the United States as a foolish and unlikely move, he views future conflict with Japan as nearly inevitable.
Japan's domestic threat ...
This solution examines Theodore Roosevelt's belief that Japanese immigrants were a threat to America in the early 1900's. The historical context is examined as well as the long-term consequences of Roosevelt's beliefs. Over 550 words of original text along with links to original sources and documents for further research. A copy of an original letter from Roosevelt describing the Japanese immigration is included.