THE PEOPLE PRO-BRITISH.
Yen. Or Batchelor, Archdeacon of Hokkaido, Japan, is paying hi a first visit to New Zealand. He arrived from Sydney, and left for Nelson on Wednesday (says the "Post"). He has been 40 years in the Hokkaido, and has been working - there among the Japanese, and also among the aboriginal people in Japan, the Hairy Kinu, a gentle, kindly, and intelligent nice of people from whom, the Japanese obtain many physical characteristics. In .1876 the . Archdeacon, then a young niissioner, was badly smitten with fever in Hong Kong, and from there he was sent to the
farthest part of Japan, and he has been concentrating all his missionary efforts upon the people- there ever since. In an interview, Dr Batchelor made it quite clear what the Japanese of the day is, and how he should be regarded by the New Zealander and Australian. He was asked about "the Japanese peril." "It does not exist," he replied. "The Japanese are not anxious to become a peril to any of the peoples in the southern lands. All they want and demand is to be treated on an equality, treated as white men. They resent being regarded as< Mongoloids. They are not. They arc, " racially, a Malay - Aryan people. To speak of, or to, them as if they were Chinese, or to confuse them with Chinese, is most offensive to them. They bitterly resent any comparison of this kind. The United States will have to give up 'the Philippines in four years' time, they say. Probably the Japanese will have a look in there, but so long as the Japanese are treated as gentlemen , when they behave as gentlemen, there need be no fear oi them. The people of the United States have made the! great mistake of putting them: on a par with Chinese. That is the cause iof a lot of trouble."
"Are the Japanese more antiGerman than pro-British sat heart?" Dr Batchelor was asked.
"They are most anti-German }n feeling in many ways," he replied, "and in this war they are profoundly pro-British. They have established their navy on the British model, their .army and medicine on the German model, and their jurisprudence on the French model; their science is cosmopolitan. They are by no means enamoured of the German and his ways. They have been staunch Allies of Britain and will remain so.
Another characterastic of the Japanese is their specialisation. Every man knows his job. If he is a botanist he specialises •in botany and nothing else. They specialise ■on their work, whatever it may be, professional and manual, and they stick to that, and they know it thoroughly. That is where they have succeeded, and why they must succeed, in commercial and industrial competition with the rest of the world. They arc doing all they can. but only in common with, other countries, to capture the German and Austrian export trade, and no doubt they will be successful in obtaining and retaining a great share of it. That's where their specialisation will stand them in such good stead."
Dr. Batchelor will return to Wellington, and after touring New Zealand, speaking, and doing deputation work, will proceed to Australia, and then to England. He is on 14 months' furlough. He came to New Zealand from Japan direct, only transhipping at Sydney. He was accompanied as' far as Sydney by Mrs Batchelor.
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FARTHEST JAPAN., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3533, 4 April 1916