The Economic Growth of Japan

669 WordsFeb 26, 20183 Pages
Japan may have restored sovereignty to the Emperor and updated its Feudal government to a modern system, but its economy could not reach its potential unless Japan compensated for its need of resources such as oil, rubber, and metals (Columbia University). The Empire of Japan, as it was called from the Meiji Restoration until post World War Two invaded a series of countries from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s. These include the Sino-Japanese War (1895), Russo-Japanese War (1905) both over Korean domination, Manchuria (1931), China (1937), and French Indochina (1940) (Columbia University). The government was still militaristic and expansion for economic gain was the direction Japan chose (Japan-Guide). This is seen through the risks Japan took to get the benefits of the invasions, such as Korea and its raw materials, and the supplies of Manchuria, China, and French Indochina. Lastly, Japan wanted to go after British and Dutch colonies to help secure their defense. The only thing standing in the way of taking these territories was the American Navy (Columbia University). Now Japan has to gamble. However, Japan has won wars against both Russia and China from a few decades before. Not only has Japan gained what they wanted from them, but they have established themselves as a power and gained respect (Japan-Guide). With a great sense of Nationalism and militarism, Japan has convinced people that loyalty to the country and the ways of Bushido, the old Samurai creed, will bring them
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