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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938


Small, shy but very pleasant to talk to is Mr. Gunji, the Japanese Consul—is the Japanese population of New Zealand live, rising eight, or is it 10. I forget—and "Salient" was more interested to hear his enthusiasm on Japanese art and Japanese home life than diplomatic wordings to questions.

East is East, and West still West, which must account tor what is to Japan stern duty (In action) is to us wrong and boloney.

Mr. Gunji thinks China is a naughty place—a wild place of peasants, bandits and unruliness—China has violated treaties, assassinated, provoked attacks, boycotted and insulted—all against the Japanese. "China harbours Communist armies, rabidly anti-Japanese, and we tear the development of Communism at our doorway. We Tear China's instability and uncertainty, politically and economically—this situation makes it impossible for us to withdraw, because to Japan; Chinese trade. Is vital; we have so much to give each other."

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Would Japan institute any agrarian reforms In China when she took over?

"We would force the peasants to grow cotton and soya beans—we need them very much. The Chinese must give up ideas of industry, and produce; it is important to encourage farmers in agriculture—they must produce and we in Japan take over industry.