I hate the Communist Party chapter 53
Chapter 26—The Rush of Dark Clouds
“I’m sorry, Prime Minister.”
Hugh Fraser, the British plenipotentiary ambassador to Ito’s office, expressed regret that he was unable to accept his request for additional loans and the purchase of government bonds.
No, I would have been happy if it were just that.
Both loans and government bonds were debts, and they had to be paid back someday.
Rather, it could have been a victory in the spirit of raising financial soundness at this opportunity.
However, when Hugh Fraser heard additional comments through the interpreter he had brought, Ito felt like he was beaten in the back of the head with a hammer.
“… … As a result, in accordance with the opinions of Prime Minister Primrose, who took office as Prime Minister Gladstone, and Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of the British Empire, the legitimate implementation of the matters specified in the Kyoto Treaty between the returnee and the Russian Empire and misconduct in the process. I would like to inform you that I am in the role of monitoring.”
It was as if I was having an extremely normal day, and I felt like the person who received the death certificate with the saying,’I’m sorry, but I’ve heard the news that your mother has just died.’
Considering that what Fraser was saying was the same as the sentence that Japan was no longer able to enter the ranks of the powers, Ito was hearing the sentence of death against the country as Japanese prime minister.
“If any misconduct occurs on the Japanese or Russian side in the process, our mediating council will resolve the problem, and British surveillance personnel to prevent this will be dispatched from the embassy and the British military garrison in Yamate. In addition… … Prime Minister, Prime Minister!”
In short, Fraser, who was informed that Russia had played a part in the process of taking money from Japan, questioned whether Ito was listening to him.
It was because I was sitting blankly as if what was happening wasn’t for me.
Fraser, who confirmed that Ito’s eyes were focused only after he sang twice, seemed to be bothered by the thought of having to notify him of what he had said so far.
“I’m sorry Prime Minister, but I want to ask if you understand what I’ve been talking about.”
“Yes, yes? What are you talking about?”
Upon hearing Ito’s answer, Fraser sighed.
Of course, it is clear that what he is talking about is shocking enough and unbelievable from the other person’s point of view, but he was also a person, so Ito did not like the fact that his job increased because Ito did not listen properly.
“It means that our British Empire has been in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Kyoto Treaty.”
“Oh, I was listening to that, Ambassador. but… … .”
Ito clouded the horsetail. Now it was time to face reality.
As Fraser just said, the worries that the Great Japanese Empire would be difficult to maintain the title of empire was trivial.
The important thing was that the people’s resentment might be directed towards them that the new government, which had driven out the shogunate through the Meiji Restoration at best, made them more difficult to live.
The reality that it could be recorded as a prime minister hanging in the hands of the people has tightened Ito.
“But, it was because what the ambassador said was so shocking, I’m sorry. However, we, Japan, have not received any prior consultation from Russia or returning home regarding the renewal of the Kyoto Treaty. Can you see what happened to this?”
As Ito said, Japan was completely alienated from this incident.
Even though he was clearly one of the parties to the Kyoto Treaty.
Of course, since it was the 19th century where power was dominated, the opinions of the weaker countries were not very important.
Still, it was Ito’s calculated remarks that if it highlights the fact that it is the renewal of the inequality treaty, which was decided without Japan’s will, it could turn the anger of the people who might come sooner or later to Britain and Russia instead of themselves.
“In relation to that, Russia has already requested several times to express its intentions to return home, but it is said that Japan did not express any objection.”
“Are we talking?”
“They added that they probably said that they were suspected to have happened because the calendars they use are different from those in your country… … .”
However, the words of Ambassador Fraser who continued as if anticipating such a final attack were enough to blow Ito’s idiots away.
At best, because the excuses of giving are due to the date error caused by the Julian and Gregorian calendars used by each other.
Russia’s blatant attitude of putting responsibility for Japan for these nonsense reasons was enough to make Ambassador Fraser laugh when he first heard of this.
Although I kept a serious attitude at this place.
Of course, this excuse would not work if it had been an agreement between equal countries.
However, it was possible because Japan still received a lower evaluation than the Qing Dynasty in the international community, and Britain and Russia were countries that were evaluated as being the closest to world hegemony among the powers.
Ambassador Fraser, who found that Ito’s face was increasingly desperate, added with a voice of sorry.
“However, it is difficult to provide additional loans, but Prime Minister Primrose said that he would keep the terms of repayment for the loans provided so far. In addition, if it is difficult to repay the loans whose deadline has returned, our position is to provide a three-month free period.”
“Thank you for that.”
As for Britain, if Japan fell into an immediate economic panic, it could not recover the amount it had invested so far, so it was a statement of intention that’even if I participate in breaking my arm, I will leave my leg.’
Ito couldn’t even know it, so I wanted to be sarcastic with the attitude that he didn’t know how to accept this mercy, but the sorrow of the weaker country had no choice but to stop such impulses in his heart.
“First of all, it seems that this has been enough, and I would like to clarify that what I am talking about is my personal position, not the official position of the British government.”
Fraser took out a handkerchief from his arms, wiped his wet beard while talking for a long time, and began to advise the scapegoat in front of him.
“One of the reasons why our UK has changed its attitude toward returning home is because of what Japan has shown so far, it has raised doubts about whether the input-to-output will come out properly for continuing this investment.
Of course, it is surprising that Japan has grown to this extent in a short period of time, but the reason for the Russian side to stand on the side of the returning country is that it is clear that the Russian side will stand on the side of returning to the country even though it has shaken the touch of reconciliation. … I do not know. Probably few of my friends at Westminster will say yes. It’s okay to bet.”
“So what is the content the ambassador is trying to say?”
“In other words, if you prove your worth, the British Empire can show a different attitude. Incompetent hounds are discarded before the hunting season begins, but good hounds will be kept at home to maintain their pedigree after the hunting season. That’s all I want to say. Then Prime Minister. Let’s see at the place of agreement to conclude the newly revised Kyoto Treaty.”
Ito was staring at Fraser’s back while the ambassador, who had finished speaking, arose from his seat, opened the door and disappeared outside the office.
It was an insulting remark that was not suitable for a diplomatic investigation, but it was because anger rose up in his situation where he couldn’t even protest.
“Mr. Prime Minister, shouldn’t we convene a meeting to discuss countermeasures for this?”
Ito laughed when he heard what the interpreter and aide at the same position said.
conference? A measure? What kind of countermeasures are you going to come up with for this?
However, he was still the prime minister of the Japanese Empire and was obligated to fulfill his responsibilities.
“okay… … I have to call a meeting… … . We also have to decide how to respond to this incident… … . If you think head-to-head together, something good might come up… … .”
Although he was always a confident prime minister, the aide looked at Ito with a sad look at Ito, who was gradually losing his energy due to the bad news that has come a long way in recent years.
The moment the aide opened the door to leave the office to announce the call of the cabinet meeting, the words from the back were not energetic, but the voice was determined.
“And tell the relevant departments to figure out what actions we can take in relation to the treaties we have made between the Qing Dynasty and Joseon, such as the Tianjin Treaty and the Japanese Guardian Law. Ask them to scrutinize every treaty item for any flaws. We are not ready now, but it seems that there is only one way left.”
When the aide disappeared with the answer, Ito leaned against the chair and looked at the ceiling.
“Is Amaterasu abandoning us?”
He was cynical about the existence of religion, but in the current situation, he seemed to know why people cling to religion.
Because humans who had nothing to rely on had to be so lonely.
‘But I won’t cry out weakly looking for God. Even if I get fingered for ugly until the end, struggling to the end is the last thing I can do. And even if it fails.’
Ito’s eyes as he stared at the ceiling began to shimmer.
‘If you can’t avoid being ruined, wouldn’t it be better to decorate the end splendidly than to face an end like slow choking?’
* * *
Motojiro Akashi, who graduated from the glorious Japanese Military Academy and Military University, has recently felt skeptical about the path she chose.
It was obviously a soldier who could be said to be a veteran fighting for his Majesty and the Great Japanese Empire, but it was because it was burdensome to go around wearing conquest these days.
When he wore a conquest, riding a tram or wandering the streets, he could feel that the gaze sent from the surroundings was not very good.
Even when he tried to get into the tram one day, there were times when the driver refused to board because a complaint came in that the sound of bumping the decorations and buttons on the conquest was loud.
This wasn’t just a story for Motojiro.
In the midst of this degree of reproach, a Hwa-jok, his motives couldn’t be a different situation.
One of his motives was that he confessed at a drinking party that a drunk ordinary man grabbed his limbs and argued that ‘you useless men buy weapons and make it difficult for them to live because of the money they use.’
However, they felt unfair as well. In fact, it was because their army was in a situation where they received little investment compared to the navy.
Due to the nature of the island nation, it was natural that investments were made more intensively in the navy than in the army, and the influence of the British, which had served as a rear ship, could not be ignored.
‘It’s like damn navy guys. The cowardly guys who hide behind the back of our army and let us eat all the money and curse us.’
Certainly, when he entered the military academy, he was full of hope for the future to come, but it seemed that a dark cloud began to form between Japan and his own future, which had to rise up like their national flag.
‘No, it’s sometimes expressed as from when. All of this started twisting in May last year.’
Motojiro’s thoughts were also shared by all Japanese intellectuals with some knowledge.
At that time, I thought that the generous Prince of Russia had passed on to creating a joint venture, but now, the joint venture was a shackle that made Japan sink into the deep sea rather than the sky.
‘It would be so crazy that I couldn’t even go to war with Russia.’
For Motojiro, who had been trained in military training, the option to be one-on-one with Russia at this point was more reckless than firing a pistol at his head.
Then, there was only one option left.
The only way out was to overcome the current recession through the Qing Dynasty or the easy Joseon Dynasty, where it was judged that they could compete equally.
As the number of young officers with this idea increased, they naturally formed a meeting, and Motojiro was also one of the members of the group.
And whenever they gathered, the targets for complaining were set.
‘What on earth is the current cabinet waiting for? Wouldn’t this emergency state be the time when we should come to the fore? Instead of a weak politician, soldiers should take action… … .’
Of course, these movements weren’t taking place in earnest because those who made up the current cabinet were from the Joshu Bun, and those who occupied the upper part of the army were also the same, but for Motojiro, it seemed only a matter of time.
“Your time is in the thousand generations and the eight thousand generations… … .”
In the lonely streets without anyone passing by due to the recession, only the Kimigayo screaming by Motojiro was spreading into the air.
Akashi Motojiro¹: A Japanese soldier who showed legendary performance during the Russo-Japanese War.
He was so competent that his work, who infiltrated the Russian Empire on his own, contributed to a certain extent in causing the Russian Revolution.
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