In an effort to break the deadlock between the US and Japan following the signing of the Tripartite Pact, Bishop James Walsh and Father James Drought visited Japan to make an appeal for peace to Foreign Minister Matsuoka and other Government / Army leaders. This resulted in the "Draft Understanding" which was to be presented by Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura to Secretary of State Cordell Hull on 16 April 1941. Nomura's appointment early that year as Ambassador to the US marked a new phase in US-Japan relations.
The Iwakura Mission was a major official initiative by the Meiji Government. The first such mission to be sent abroad, comprising leading government figures, it represented a bold step in Japan's pioneering years of nation building since the Meiji Restoration.
This exhibition was created in 2004, marking the centenary of the Russo-Japanese War. Fought over 18 months, this war held major implications not only for Japan and Russia, but for the whole world on an historical scale. Even to this day, there are aspects of the war which leave room for further investigation.
The Russo-Japanese War, after 100 years, could enlighten us in many ways as a mirror shedding light on the present and the future.