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The Expansion of Japan after WWI Essay

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The era before and during World War 2 was the most decisive and eventful of Japanese history. After World War 1 Japan looked to expand their empire where they ended up with territories like Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, and parts of northern China. Japan saw World War 1 as an advantage to take advantage of European countries destroyed from the war. They were able to use this to advance their economy by creating a trade surplus. Because of this Japan suffered less from the Great Depression than other industrialized nations. Japan was becoming more of a nation that believed in the military more than the citizens. So, you see a vast rise in militarism and militaristic leaders. The rise in this militarism was due to the Japanese looking to expand…show more content…
The Japanese attack against Shanghai was slowed due to China's tough resistance. Eventually, the Chinese forces were defeated. On December 7, 1941, Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. Hundreds of Japanese planes were sent and the attack had only lasted two hours. During that time the United States had lost 8 battleships, over 200 planes, and around 20 other smaller ships. Also, over 2,000 American soldiers and sailors had lost their lives and an additional 1,000 were wounded. The day after, President Roosevelt asked Congress to approve for a war on Japan. Congress decided to approve his declaration with just one decisive vote against the declaration of war. Three days later after the United States declared war, Germany and Italy had declared war on the U.S. More than two years into the conflict, America had officially joined World War II. Japan's economy was booming after World War I and they were the most modernized nation in the Asian world. To continue this, Japan began to invade countries for more resources. Japan then realized that their economic problems could be solved by aggressive nationalism and expansion. Their government didn't want to rely on foreign imports so they relied on invading rich countries that were full of resources. In 1937, Japan invaded the Capital of China. Japan had also raped and killed 20,000 women, this is now known as the Rape of Nanking. The U.S. Protested trade with Japan because of their violations
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