Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (19): Death-Defying Trip to Mongolia” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

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Plans were under way already for establishing a new self-governing nation to be called “Koraikoku” and encompassing the territory of modern Manchuria and Mongolia. Three members of the “Keikoku Kai” had secured the help of certain influential leaders of the three eastern (Chinese) provinces. Koraikoku was to have been created with the cooperation of a group of people working for the restoration of the Ching (Manchu) dynasty and others who hoped to set up independent nations for the (Non-Chinese) border-district peoples. The Japanese government was interested in driving a wedge between Russia, the U.S.A. and Great Britain. It also hoped to disrupt the internal affairs of the central government of China as a means of promoting a solution to its own problems by opening a “new frontier” which would in fact be a new colony

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  1. From a forum link…


  2. …O Sensei was “in” the Japanese imperialistic effort up to his neck. He lived to tell about it, moving to the country in ’43, and learned better, but Japanese amnesia relating to WWII is mind boggling…

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