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This is a careful study of the several fisheries in the world and of the international complications to which their administration has given rise. It indicates that some of the principal difficulties of the past owed their origin to the Russo-Japanese controversy in the North Pacific, Japan's recent withdrawal from the Fur Seal Convention of 1911, her abstention from the Whaling Convention, and her disagreements with the United States over the salmon fisheries of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Japan's desire to obtain an undue share in these several fisheries must be based on her exceptional economic need. Now, however, her acquiescence in more helpful cooperative methods may, with her defeat in the war, be more readily obtainable.

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