Chiang Kai-shek’s Study in Japan in His Memories
It is well known that Chiang Kai-shek studied in Japan in his younger days between April 1906 and October 1911. His experience during this period had a great influence on his political leadership and political thought in his later years. This article aims at confirming the facts concerning Chiang Kai-shek’s study in Japan and at analysing Chiang’s memories about that experience. The main argument is that, in order to place his experience in Japan within the context of the political history of twentieth century China and of Chiang’s political thought and ideology, Chiang’s experience of studying in Japan should be understood as mixture of the facts themselves, the events related as memory in later years, as well as impressions and views about Japan which are from subsequent periods.