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
For the purposes of this paper, Japanese Colonialism will be viewed both as a source of civilization and a source of exploitation and oppression. Specifically, this paper will discuss the consequences of this rule in Korea and the Philippines. Japanese Exploitation and Oppression in Korea The late nineteenth century tells how Japan tried to include the Korean Peninsula in expanding its empire. It was in 1910 that Japan was able to take control over Korea and remained to be its ruler until the end of World War II (Carpio). The Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945) was despotic because there have been massive killings when people tried to oppose.
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
Also, a government was called bakufu, going along with the military leader. The society was very torn by the warfare, some people had seeked solace. The personal loyalty in Japan was the Japanese cultural tradition over many centuries. During the 794 and 1185, it was the best time of art in Japan. In Heian, there were great Japanese nobles created.
Japan endured several shocking transformations from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Before the 19th century, this Nation was politically divided between many military leaders; the most powerful warlord, the shogun, ruled Japan almost as a dictator. People were also divided by hierarchical classes and contact was severely limited with the outside world by these authoritarian rulers. Japan was seen as an isolated country that engaged in diplomatic arrangements with very few country neighbors. As these domestic problems started flourishing even further, foreign American ships began to arrive in Japanese docks, demanding the opening of their ports.
The Japanese mainly relied on imported ideals during restoration in order emulate Western nations who, in the Japanese eyes were advanced and powerful. Due to the fact that Western nations were involved in Imperialism prior to and during the same time as the Meiji period, the wealth and power the European nations gained stood out to the Japanese.
Fascism is ideology which often uses totalitarianism and nationalism methods. The fascist leaders made people are the subject to the government, and limit the independency of the people, in order to gain the better for the nation. This is somehow similar to absolutism of western Europe during 17th and 18th century. Absolutism had given the monarch absolute power to rule over people, while fascism had given the leader and the nation the power to rule over the people of the state. Moreover, fascism had denied the democratic parliament system, and had only allowed the “elite” to rule over the country.
The Samurai Did you know that 10 percent of japan was samurai. First, samurai were used to protect their country. Second, The samurai changed over time because the samurai evolved with their weapons. Third, The samurai had an impact on society by originally protecting Medieval Japan but the led to its downfall. The samurai were important for the development of Medieval Japan because of these reasons.
The official timeframe of the war was 1937-45, and it had its roots in the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894 that saw several regions of the Chinese province being taken over by Japanese troops. In the 19th century, the Meiji Restoration had suddenly propelled Japan into the modern world; Western knowledge gave the Japanese military forces access to modern weapons and transformed the economy into an industrialised one. Fuelled by this newfound power, Japan launched itself into a full-scale imperialistic, expansionary policy, the consequences of which were the first and second Sino-Japanese
Japan had fewer resources to plunder. But China ' s vast resources and huge markets had become the coveted goal of the West. Thirdly, the target of revolution was different. In the Meiji Restoration, Japan saw its own weaknesses, and wanted to change. The Westernization Movement focused on government officials’ benefit, in order to obtain more political capital from the reform movement.