This book examines Satō Naotake’s remarkable and long career at the crossroads of Imperial Japan, emphasizing his integrity and realistic approach to diplomacy, which were particularly evident in his role in maintaining the Neutrality Pact with the Soviet Union and in promoting the United Nations.
Greg Gubler is retired as professor and university archivist at Brigham Young University at Hawaii.
Chapter 1: Samurai Heritage, Changing Families and Direction
Chapter 2: Diplomatic Apprenticeship in Tsarist Russia
Chapter 3: Challenges as Consul General in Harbin; Revolution Spreads East
Chapter 4: Diplomacy and Conferences in Europe after the Great War
Chapter 5: An Advocate of the League of Nations and Internationalism
Chapter 6: The Estrangement of Japan from the League
Chapter 7: Ambassador to Belgium and then France
Chapter 8: The Moderate Foreign Minister and His Policies
Chapter 9: From the China Incident to Pearl Harbor
Chapter 10: Defender of the Northern Flank
Chapter 11: Ironing Out Difficulties with the Soviets
Chapter 12: A Year of Reverses
Chapter 13: Bearing the Hopes of the Empire: The Final Months
Chapter 14: From Internment to Senior Statesman