Fukoku Kyohei Imperialism

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Instantaneously after the opening of Japan’s ports to the rest of the world, the national precedence was security oriented, and defence of its borders became a number one priority, mainly to elude colonization and to protect their independence (Jürgen). Conversely, as time went on the threat of being dominated by other countries lessened, the national goals shifted and took on the more head on approach to rank equal with the Western countries. This is captured by the phrase ‘fukoku kyohei’ meaning enriching the country, strengthening the military. Though to achieve this they had to find industrialization solutions (shokusan

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