International Response to Japanese Aggression

International Response to Japanese Aggression
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  • Japan's aggression towards China is represented by the boy on the left's aggression towards the boy on the right. Much like Japan pursued Manchuria in need of natural resources and with a nationalistic approach, the bully attempts to take the other boys lunch money because he has no money of his own to buy lunch and because he enjoys the ability to express his superiority over other students.
  • Hey! Give me your lunch money!
  • The boy who is trying to take advantage of his friend pretends as if he has tripped him  and uses this as a motive to fight him. This is representative of the Manchurian incident. The other boy begins to call out for help, referring to China's appeal to the League of Nations.
  • Did you just trip me!?
  • No, please just leave me alone. Could someone help... please...?
  • The group of students which represent the League of Nations initially question  how and weather or not they should take action against the bully much like the League of Nations questioned how they should react to Japan's aggression in Manchuria. The students do not react immediately or initially decide upon the use of preventative measures. Neither did the League of Nations.
  • I don't know...
  • Oh no he's trying to steal his money!
  • What should we do though?
  • Did you guys hear something?
  • This represents the Lytton Commission which was sent to Manchuria to investigate the situation between Japan and China. The boy replies that he has to get his lunch before he finds out what is happening between the other two boys as to refer to how slowly the Lytton Commission was carried out. The Kwantung army was able to continue its expansion throughout Manchuria while the Lytton Commission took several months to arrive and investigate the situation.
  • Hey, do you know what's going on over there?
  • Could you go and find out for us please?
  • Fine, but I have to get my lunch first.
  • Nope.
  • The Lytton Commission established that Japan did not have the right to be invading Chinese territory and that Sino-Japanese relations would have to improve in order for the conflict to end. However, the League of Nations chose not to respond due to economic difficuties with the great depression, and the favorable ability of their own to gain control in China while it was weakened by Japan. In additon, the Leauge of Nations did not have the military strength to resist Japan.
  • He was trying to steal his money. That's really mean, They need to learn to cooperate.
  • I don't think there is really anything we can do to help.
  • Because the League's response to Japanese aggression in Manchuria failed to protect China, the League of Nations was weakened and Japan continued aggressive expansion throughout Manchuria and China as displayed in the Marco Polo Bridge incident and the Bombing of Shanghai. There was still was very little international resistance even after this; however, China began to put more strength into fighting Japan which began to weaken the military and later forced Japan to attack elsewhere in order to obtain resources which they had exhausted during the Sino-Japanese war.
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