Japan's Role In The Industrialization Of Japan

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The Meiji government 's hand in the rapid industrialization of Japan beginning in the 1870s played a key role in its growing military and territorial ambitions. Eventually, Japan escalated its aggression in the 1920s and used its newfound power to challenge the status quo and pursue regional hegemony. Western states, especially the United States, did not take kindly to Japan 's endeavors, and were forced to put an end to its aggression. The issue of Japan 's threat to American interests in the region during the period prior to its defeat in World War II leads to a debate that questions whether conflict between the two states was inevitable or avoidable. This essay will analyze Japan 's rise and influence as a superpower that put it in opposition to the United States. To understand why this rivalry occurred, I will examine Japan 's industrial development history, strategic intentions, and different regime types throughout its time, as well as point out how certain variables might have prevented it. The combination of all these factors shows the contentious nature of the inevitability of conflict between both states, and if stopping this course from proceeding was possible in any way. The factors that shaped Japan 's actions contain various instances that suggest that conflict would inevitably occur between the states directly involved in foreign relations in Asia. In fact, Japan 's pathway toward industrialization became the driving force for its pursuit of domination. The

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