Presenting his country's claims for naval parity, Tadayoshi Yamada, Japanese scholar of Political Science at Columbia, spoke to an after dinner assembly in the Lowell House Common Room last night.
In the 1935 naval conference Japan will propose that nations have equal rights to armament but that they reduce armaments to a minimum defense need.
These proposals are based on a Japanese contention that the ancient 5-5-3 ratio is outmoded, for the following recently developed reasons: Japan's need of a large navy to protect Manachukuo and the status quo of the Far East; her economic necessity of concentrating in small rather than large ships; her fear of heavy American and British navies in the Pacific as an actual threat to herself, and her determination not to brook the superiority complex of the Occidentals in their efforts to limit the size of her armaments.
On behalf of the Harvard International Council, Bruce S. Hopper '17, assistant professor of Government, introduced the speaker. Rodman W. Paul '36, chairman of the Council, presided.