Japanese Militarism

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Japanese Militarism The recent spat between Japan and China is the latest in a series of outbursts between the two nations. What started as a Chinese objection to Japanese interpretation of history especially with reference to the latter’s acts against China during the fourth quarter of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, has now snowballed into a major controversy which could threaten the fragile relationship between them. The current episode started simmering when the Chinese began circulating an online petition protesting against Japan’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. A series of violent protest rallies were held in many Chinese cities. The protestors stoned vital Japanese…show more content…
Mountainous topography characterises most of the land. Coupled with this was the problem of the rapidly increasing population, which drove the militarists to go in search of new lands. Raw materials: During the Meiji Era, Japan witnessed industrialisation, which gave impetus for the modernisation of Japan. The scarcity of raw materials for the industrial units made the Japanese rulers search for lands which could provide the raw materials and in turn, stimulate the economy. This need for raw materials fanned the fires of Militarism. Markets for the finished goods: The search for the protected markets is one of the most potent reasons for the rise of Japanese Militarism and imperialism. Japan had achieved industrial and economic progress to an extent that she needed protected markets for the consumption of Japanese goods without any fear of competition. A rapidly growing population, the need to secure raw materials and the search for protected markets all made Japan begin the campaign to search for colonies. In the beginning, Japanese could settle in the vast lands of USA. But soon their entry and settlement were capped with irksome rules and regulations. The Monroe June 2005 4 Doctrine also barred the Japanese from entering into America. Further, Britain, France, Russia, The Netherlands, and Germany had established a firm foothold in different parts of Africa and Asia. All these factors made

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