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Japan in South East Asia. Indonesia’s Revolution. Japan in Indonesia. Japan occupied Indonesia in WWII from March 1942 until after the end of War in 1945. The period was one of the most critical in Indonesian history. The occupation was the first serious challenge to the Dutch in Indonesia

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Japan in south east asia

Japan in South East Asia

Indonesia’s Revolution


Japan in indonesia

Japan in Indonesia

  • Japan occupied Indonesia in WWII from March 1942 until after the end of War in 1945.

  • The period was one of the most critical in Indonesian history.

    • The occupation was the first serious challenge to the Dutch in Indonesia

    • It ended the Dutch colonial rule

    • Brought about Indonesian revolution


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Japan in Indonesia

  • Under German occupation itself, the Netherlands could not defend its colony against Japan

  • Less than three months after the first attacks on Kalimantan Japan ended 300 years of Dutch colonial presence in Indonesia

  • During WWII the Allies largely by-passed Indonesia, namely Java and Sumatra

  • Most of Indonesia was still under Japanese occupation at the time of the war


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Japan in Indonesia

  • The lasting and profound effects of the occupation resulted in

  • Optimism joyful and welcomed the Japanese as liberators

  • Such sentiment quickly changed as the occupation was the most oppressive and ruinous in Indonesian history

  • A consequence was to awaken politics

  • This political wakening was also partly due to Japanese design


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Japan in Indonesia

  • In Java and to a lesser extent Sumatra, the Japanese indoctrinated, trained and armed many young Indonesians

  • Many nationalist leaders had a political voice

  • Thus the destruction of the Dutch colonial regime facilitated Indonesian nationalism

  • Japanese occupation created the conditions for a claim of Indonesian independence

  • Following WWII nationalists would fight a bitter five-year diplomatic, military and social struggle


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Japan in Indonesia

  • During Indonesian National Revival (late 1920s), Indonesian nationalists leaders Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta foresaw a Pacific War

  • Such leaders saw Japan as an ally to advance Indonesian independence cause

  • The Japanese spread the word that they were the 'Light of Asia‘

  • Japan was the only Asian nation that had successfully transformed itself into a modern technological society


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Japan in Indonesia

  • Japan had remained independent when most Asian countries had been under European or American power

  • Japan had beaten a European power, Russia, in war

  • Japan also advocated to other Asians a 'Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere'

  • A type of trade zone under Japanese leadership

  • Japan had gradually spread their influence through Asia during the 1920s and 1930s and established business links in the Indies


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Japan in Indonesia

  • Japan had sent agents to establish links with Indonesian nationalists, particularly with Muslim parties

  • Indonesian nationalists were sponsored to visit Japan

  • Such encouragement of Indonesian nationalism was part of a broader Japanese plan for an 'Asia for the Asians'


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