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Great Depression Japan Analysis

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The Great Depression was a global phenomenon that started from 1929 and ended with the start of World War II in the late 1930’s. The Great Depression was also referred to as the Showa Depression in Japan, especially during the period from 1930 – 1932 which was the most severe part of the Depression within Japan. During this time the island Nation was completely riddled with poverty and different forms of political and domestic unhappiness amongst the Japanese people. This poverty was most severe within the rural areas. The Nation of Japan was able to overcome this by means of militarization.
Many young men left home in order to avoid the harsh effects of the Depression within the rural areas
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They used this as an opportunity to gain influential positions within the government. The government worked hard together with the military to gain both economic and military power (source 12). The West was against many of the methods that the Japanese used in order to obtain power, this because these methods were associated with fascism, ultra-nationalism and imperialism. The Japanese in return resented everything to do with the west but when it came to spreading her influence and invading other countries she adopted methods used by both the West and China, particularly in the case of Manchuria (source 3). Japan invaded this country in order to claim its raw materials for the economic benefit of Japan, in that these materials would stimulate production moving Japan ahead in terms of economic…show more content…
Many countries were unable to dig themselves out of the depression’s hole although Japan definitely did and her tactics and methods to do so were indeed very effective as by the time World War II came about, Japan was one of the last Axis powers to be defeated.
Japan used many methods to gain power during the Great Depression. This island Nation’s main method to get out of the Depression was ultra-nationalism or militarism. This involved the country being largely run by the military and the higher government positions being obtained by former or current members of the Japanese Navy or soldiers of the military.
Another method used by the Japanese in order to gain economic stability was to forcefully invade neighboring countries such as China and Manchuria using the strength of her military. The neighboring countries would provide essential and useful raw materials as well as heavy industry that Japan needed in order to become a more productive nation. The nation also tried to limit importing of goods from the West and becoming less dependent and fully independent as a nation by producing their own
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