Okay, so I found a free version of the article I referenced earlier in my "Something in the Manga" Post (thanks Kristen!). Here are a few passages from the article... and Here's the link for the entire article: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-11/21/content_496553.htm
"But the comic book, perhaps inadvertently, also betrays
That peculiar aesthetic, so entrenched in pop culture that most Japanese are unaware of it, has its roots in the Meiji Restoration of the late 19th century, when Japanese leaders decided that the best way to stop Western imperialists from reaching here was to emulate them.
In 1885, Fukuzawa -- who is revered to this day as the intellectual father of modern Japan and adorns the 10,000 yen bill (the rough equivalent of a $100 bill) -- wrote ''Leaving Asia,'' the essay that many scholars believe provided the intellectual underpinning of Japan's subsequent invasion and colonization of Asian nations.
Fukuzawa bemoaned the fact that