John Bingham on Japan (1895)
Bingham was our Ambassador to Japan from 1873 to 1885, and I recently came across this prophetic comment that he made to a Cincinnati newspaper after his retirement:
“I doubt very much whether Japan can realize the present anticipations of her future prosperity if she persists in a career of military and unjustifiable territorial aggression. That’s always a risky experiment, and rarely comes to good.”
I’m still trying to figure out if Bingham’s work as a diplomat sheds any light on his prior career.