Yoshizawa Kenkichi and the Soviet-Japanese non-aggression pact proposal

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While the developments leading up to the signature of the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact in April 1941 have received considerable attention from scholars, the antecedents of this pact, the discussions between Japan and Soviet Russia over non-aggression or neutrality agreements from the mid-1920s onwards, are less widely known. The most significant of the earlier initiatives came in December 1931, when Soviet Foreign Commissar, Maxim Litvinov, proposed a pact of non-aggression to the Japanese Foreign Minister designate, Yoshizawa Kenkichi. Subsequently, at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, a Soviet legal expert was to argue that the Japanese refusal to accept this proposal was proof of their aggressive plans for war on the Soviet Union.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalModern Asian Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1980
Externally publishedYes


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