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The Japanese Campaign in the Pacific. http://afe.easia.columbia.edu. Background Info of Japan. Meiji Restoration-1868 At the time of the emperors restoration, Japan was Militarily weak Agricultural Not technologically advanced Limited in foreign trade by the West (Europe and the US.

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the japanese campaign in the pacific

The Japanese Campaign in the Pacific

http://afe.easia.columbia.edu

background info of japan
Background Info of Japan
  • Meiji Restoration-1868
  • At the time of the emperors restoration, Japan was
    • Militarily weak
    • Agricultural
    • Not technologically advanced
    • Limited in foreign trade by the West (Europe and the US
background info on japan
Background Info on Japan
  • By the end of the Meiji Period-1912, Japan had
    • Highly centralized government
    • Constitution and elected parliament
    • Transportation and Communication systems
    • Educated population without feudal class systems
    • Growing industrial sector
    • A powerful army and navy
japan s pacific campaign
Japan’s Pacific Campaign
  • 1912-1941
  • As Japan was rapidly industrializing, the needed materials
  • The areas of China and Manchuria were the closest to imperialize
  • Although the west used these same measures for industrialization, they condemned Japan for the Imperialist drive
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Japan’s Pacific Campaign
  • At the end of WWI, Japan was suffering a severe economic depression.
  • As a result, the military grew stronger and the parliament grew weaker
  • They felt more compelled than ever to compete with the West for resources in East Asia
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Japan’s Pacific Campaign
  • Japan’s need for natural resources paved the way for militarists to rise to power
  • Tense international relations allowed a militarist faction to control all foreign affairs and then domestic affairs as well
  • When the Japanese military had total control of the government, Japan began an aggressive military campaign throughout Asia
  • Japan allied with other aggressors in the world; Italy and Germany
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Japan’s Pacific Campaign
  • Japan rapidly took control of areas such as China, Manchuria, Korea, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Burma
  • There next strategic area of conquest in the Pacific would be the Hawaiian Islands.