In the first years of the twentieth century, Japanese leaders, with little experience in international issues, raised the nation’s stature, developed appropriate strategies, showed excellent qualities of leadership and coordination, and so won a crucial victory in the Russo-Japanese War. But if that was the high point of Imperial Japan, it was also the beginning of the end.
"The Russo-Japanese War—Primary Causes of Japanese Success,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 58
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol58/iss2/3