Nineteenth-Century Japanese Whaling and Early Territorial Expansion in the Pacific


Jakobina Arch contrasts the emergence of the modern Japanese whaling industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the increasing expansionist imperial policy of the Meiji regime. Identifying the need to expand whaling operations further out into the ocean, Japanese whalers, under the tutelage of the state, adopted modern techniques, such as the Norwegian bow-mounted harpoon gun, to hunt whales in further and deeper waters, thus contributing to the rise of Japan’s pelagic empire.

DOI: 10.5282/rcc/8963