Lead: In 1904 political forces within both Japan and Russia were pushing their governments toward war.   Leading the war cries in Japan were proto-fascist groups that soon took over Japanese society.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The much anticipated Russo-Japanese War did not go as expected. Most of the world predicted a quick Russian victory, but instead, Japan, whose resistance to outside influence was legendary, had taken full advantage of the five decades since the 1854 visit of U.S. Naval Commodore Perry. In short order, the Japanese Army and Navy sliced through Russia’s formidable and over-confident, but clearly dated and unprepared military establishment.

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