On this day in 1905, the Russo-Japanese War ended in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “We have no idea how we got this far off course,” said Komura Jutarō, the Japanese foreign minister, “but if we’re this lost, we’d better not press our advantage too hard.”


  1. von Hindenburg says:

    Fun fact: The United States has one of its 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers based out of Yokosuka in Japan. These rotate out every few years, but of the 11 in service, several are ineligible for the station because their names would be too offensive to the Japanese. While it’s not surprising that USS Harry S. Truman or the USS Nimitz might cause a problem, USS Theodore Roosevelt is also on the list. Why? Because of the treaty of Portsmouth. Elements within Japan are still annoyed that, at the end of the war, Teddy got a Nobel Peace Prize and they got nothing.

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Nothing except Korea. Considering how easily they were rolling over Russia like a steamroller, though, it is not terribly surprising if the Japanese felt entitled to everything from Omsk eastward.

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