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Japan During WW1
Change in Japan during Interwar Period
Nationalism and Imperialism
During world WW1 Japan had an alliance with the entente powers. Japan played a key role in securing the west pacific water line from the enemy. Japan saw its opportunity to expand its sphere of influence in china. With the great distance between japan and Germany and that Germany was busy with the war in Europe they took the opportunity to seize Germany's possessions in the pacific and east asia
During the interwar period Japan started to mold into a democracy. By 1925 most adult men had the right to vote because a member of the diet( Japanese parliament) slowly started to loose and give up his power and other political powers were developed.
The Manchurian incident
The depression came into japan in the 1929 with devastating effects on the economy. Japan was dependent on trade but since the foreign exports couldn't afford the exports from Japan. Prices for everything decreased greatly and the unemployment rate jumped greatly. The economic distaster quickly raged the nationalists and extreme militarists, they were angry because japan was making deals with other nations and countries that they did not agreed with.
Militarism and Expansion
Emperor Hirohito was Japans emperor during the interwar period . Even though he reluctantly supported the declaration of war on china he did support the attack on pearl harbor. This later on dragged Japan into the WW2
Japan set their eyes on Manchuria because it had rich resources and many Japanese companies had investments there. A group of Japanese army men blew up their rail road and blamed it on China which gave them an excuse to invade. In "self defense" they attacked Manchuria. The Japanese military conquered Manchuria and did all this without the governments permission. Even though the government tried to stop them they couldn't.
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