Mr. Hubbard to Mr. Bayard.
Tokio, Japan, January 23, 1886. (Received February 18.)
Sir: I take much pleasure in inclosing herewith, for your careful attention and consideration, an interesting article from the native Japanese press (the Jiji Shimpo) on the subject of our trade relations with Japan. The editor and proprietor of this leading representative journal, Mr. Fukazawa, is one of the ablest men of this Empire, both in natural capacity and by culture. He writes and speaks the English language, and has been a close student and practical observer of political events and institutions, and especially of the United States. He is educating his sons at our universities, and for many years has been a leader in the political and educational evangelization of his native land. He is proprietor and president besides (and for many years also) of one of the best educational institutions of the Empire, and has done as much or more for the intellectual development of this people, perhaps, than any other one man, living or dead. He has been repeatedly offered political positions of distinction and emolument, but has declined on the ground that the field in which to cultivate and advance the national civilization and dignify the national life was through the proper education of the young men and women of the Empire, in the school, the college, and through an enlightened press.
I have thus, somewhat at length, invited your attention to the history of this distinguished subject of Japan, because it serves to give importance and real interest to the thoughts which he has uttered in his daily journal in connection with the relations of trade and comity of the two countries. I express the opinion, with deference, that the publication of the views of such a represenative man, with the knowledge of his antecedents and his present position in this country as herein set forth, would be interesting and practically useful to the American people. I hope that the State Department will coincide in these opinions which I have the honor respectfully herewith to submit.
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