After the Sino-Japanese War (!894-1895), overpopulation and unemployment became pressing issues in Japan. Many intellectuals were concerned about the social and economic hardships caused by these problems and advocated solving them through emigration. The prominent journalist and professor of geography at the Tokyo Senmon Gakko (presently Waseda University), Shiga Shigetaka (I863-1927), believed that Hawai'i was an ideal migration destination for the unemployed and impoverished Japanese.
|Title of host publication||Hawai'i at the crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War|
|Place of Publication||Honolulu|
|Publisher||University of Hawai‘i Press|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Gavin, M. (2008). In search of a new identity: Shiga Shigetaka's recommendations for Japanese in Hawaii. In J. T. Davidann (Ed.), Hawai'i at the crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War (pp. 171-191). Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.