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"Japan's rapid rise of imperial influence in the late nineteenth century altered the dynamics of Asian politics during a period of rapid imperial growth all over the world. Why was Japan so successful after millennia of Chinese and Indian dominance? Based on our reading this week, identify one major contributing factor to Japan's growth as the most powerful political player in the Asian arena."

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“Japan’s rapid rise of imperial influence in the late nineteenth century altered the dynamics of Asian politics during a period of rapid imperial growth all over the world. Why was Japan so successful after millennia of Chinese and Indian dominance? Based on our reading this week, identify one major contributing factor to Japan’s growth as the most powerful political player in the Asian arena.” This only needs to be a paragraph long. I also need to respond to 1 and 2 (below) they need to be responded using this –> As you consider the answers posted by classmates about a contributing factor, consider the alliances that Japan made during the world wars. Why did Japan create a friendship with Germany? Why not align with other empires, such as Britain, France, or the Netherlands? Please separate each so I know what is what Thanks

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Japan began her journey to power at the end of the nineteenth century. Having spent years keeping to themselves and avoiding contact with the outside world to some extent, Japan had witnessed mistakes China had made and was not looking to repeat them. The Americans were the first to approach Japan to open her ports to the sailing traffic passing through her waters, they tempted the Japanese with new technology such as railroads and telegraphs. Japan absorbed what went on in the world around her, sending students to be educated overseas and using the new information for their industry when the students returned. They built up a strong, loyal military, which in my opinion is the main contributing factor to their success, much the same as the British when they built their Empire, it was largely due to their invincible navy and Japans future success would come down to her military. Japan used its military and the fear and terror that came with it to make sure they were not challenged. China attempted to fight Japan but an estimated 300,000 lives were lost in sheer Japanese brutality.

After World War 1, many Japanese officers resented the new ways the government were attempting to introduce, they wanted to maintain  “the absolutism of the Emperor” and the “right of junior officers to refuse to execute parliamentary laws” {1}. This is what gave the military the power over Parliament it needed. Japan had already taken control of Korea, Taiwan and Manchuria, they were enjoying the power they had and made plans to take it further. Japan wanted the United States out of the Pacific region and they were not pleased at sanctions placed on them for their activities in China. In a decision I cannot believe they fully thought through, or they were so taken with their own successes they believed in the decision, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec 7 1941, 75 years ago this week ( I have been to Pearl Harbor a few times and it is incredible to visit if you ever have the opportunity). After this attack, deemed successful for the Japanese, Japan “occupied all the important southeast Asian and Pacific territories they sought” {2}. Of course the United States was not deterred by Japans superior view of herself and fought back, all the way through the Pacific islands taking them from Japan and chasing the battle to the shores of mainland Japan where President Truman ordered the deployment of 2 atomic bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. The power of Japan and the terror they had inflicted was at an end, the Japanese conceded in August 1945.

1.Peter Von Sivers, Charles Desnoyers, and George B. Stow: Patterns of World History, “28” 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pg. #885

2.Ibid, Pg .# 889

Sivers, Peter Von, Charles Desnoyers, and George B. Stow. “28.” In

Patterns of World History, 849-850. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford

              University Press, 2012. 

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Japan’s rapid rise of imperial influence in the late nineteenth century altered the dynamics of Asian politics during a period of rapid imperial growth all over the world. Japan was very successful after millennia of Chinese and Indian dominance because Japan had been able to witness the mistakes which allowed Japan not to make the same ones. During the reign of Emperor Taisho also enacted the first of what would be a long line so security laws . I think the security laws that were enforced made Japan more successful than the Chinese and Indian dominance. 

One major contributing factor to Japans growth as the most powerful political player in the Asian arena would be the militaristic expansion which happened in the early 1930s. Japan sought to consolidate its gains in international prestige from the Washington Naval Treaty and subsequent treaties stabilizing Japans position in China . The junior officers who chafed at the liberalization of Japan and hearkened back to samurai values increasingly found a home and opportunity in the colonial armies of Manchuria. It was not until 1928 where Japan started to get on the right track again and blew up the train of the Chinese warlord because of his leanings toward the GMD. Another occurrence happening in 1931 when the Japan military engineered another railroad bombing. Over the years the military kept moving more into China. In July 1937 after a clash between Chinese and Japanese forces near the Marco Polo Bridge, Japan launched a full scale invasion of China.   
1.Peter Von Sivers, Charles Desnoyers, and George B. Stow: Patterns of World History, “28” 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pg. #8852. Ibid #886

 
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