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Japan Times staff, readers lead rescue of the battleship Mikasa

May 28, 2021

June 13, 1923: “’Save the Mikasa’ — Notes By A Week-end Rambler”: The effort to save the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Mikasa, which served as the flagship throughout the Russo-Japanese War, began.
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June 14, 1923: “Save the Mikasa”: The Japan Times amplifies the call of the Rambler.
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July 21, 1923: The Japan Times launched a campaign to preserve the Mikasa after receiving a letter from the wife of a military officer at the American Embassy in Tokyo.
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Dec. 29, 1924: “Saved For Future Generations”: “America Gives Her Consent — Joins Other Powers In Sending Word That Mikasa May Be Spared”
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Feb. 7, 1926: “The Mikasa is Saved for Japan”
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Feb. 26, 1932: “The Battleship ‘Mikasa’ Is Preserved”: The article covered donations to the Mikasa Memorial Preservation Society.
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Sept. 24, 1955, Readers in Council: “Flagship Mikasa — Then and Now”: Businessman John Rubin saw the Mikasa in a state of disrepair and wrote a letter that led to the ship’s preservation in its present form.
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Dec. 18, 2011: “How The Japan Times saved a foundering battleship, twice”
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Mikasa! The name of the powerful Japanese battleship is well known to the world’s naval historians.

The Mikasa’s highly acclaimed victories at sea over a century ago are largely overshadowed by the history of subsequent repeated efforts to preserve the ship. In the past, lack of funding, international treaty agreements and simple oblivion have caused old steel-hulled vessels to fall into disrepair and even be threatened with dismantling. Nevertheless, every time such a crisis occurred, a group of supporters was set up to fight for the protection of the ship.

Perhaps surprisingly, the community has been led by The Japan Times staff and readers twice, in the 1920s and 1950s.

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