- 東海大学紀要. 文学部 (ISSN:05636760)
- vol.73, pp.1-18, 2000
In 1871 departure of the Iwakura mission afroad left Saigoo Takamori at the head of a caretaker government. In 1873 an argument erupted over how to deal with foreign affairs toward Korea. Saigoo obtained government aproval for a personal diplomatic mission to Korea. But when the Iwakura mission returned, the decision was reversed. This paper examines this argument.