Japan

Militarism

Became a Militaristic country

Imperialism

  • Wanted to expand their influence
  • Didn't have as strong as a military as other countries

Security

  • Were greatly crippled by treaties
  • Mainly worried about Russia
  • Also feared other countries would cause China to collapse

Leadership Role

  • Leader was Emperor Hirohito
  • Rose to power during a time of democracy
  • Changed to militaristic
  • Believed in the "manifest destiny"

Provocation by Western Powers

  • From the peace treaties, national sovereignty was threatened
  • Justified their power as a retaliation
  • At the Paris Peace Treaty, they refused a basic racial equality act
  • America forced Japanese children to segregated school systems

Economic interests

  • Had a strong industry
  • Not enough natural resources to supply factories
  • Thought that by conquering other countries, such as China, they could get the natural resources they needed

A series of assassinations hindered the democratic movement

Video

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation

Works Cited:

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/hirohit...

http://wgordon.web.wesleyan.edu/papers/jhist2.htm

http://www.pacificwar.org.au/historicalbackground/JapMilaggro.html

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