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Judge Owada (ICJ) on the Encounter of Japan with the Community of Civilized Nations
27 Oct 2008 -  Judge Hisashi Owada, President, International Court of Justice

"The Encounter of Japan with the Community of Civilized Nations"
In the middle of the 19th century, Japan abandoned its policy of official seclusion and joined “the Community of Civilized Nations”. The history of how this concept of the Community of Civilized Nations came about and what intellectual challenges Japan had to overcome in the process sheds an interesting light on the nature of international law as the “law of civilized nations”.