The Causes of World War 2 in the Pacific. Historical Debate. David Bergamini have argued that japan had planned a war from the early 1930’s and the Emperor had been very much involved. Other historians suggest that Japan was pursuing a more traditional European-style imperialist policy in Asia.
6. 1867- power officially handed down to the emperor who came to be known as the Meiji- his government set to modernising japan.
Result of reform in military could be seen in japan’s victory over China in 1894-95- first non-European nation to be concidered as a world power by the West.
1917- USA joined WWI and Japan agreed to lansing-Ishii Agreement according to which US recognised Japan’s gains till 1917.
1918-21- Under P.M Hara government introduced social and economic reforms, military was contained.