Imperialism In Japanese

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Register to read the introduction… When they entered the war they were on the side of the Axis powers. During this time Japan conquered East Asia and the Pacific. After this they decided to go after the United States with the Japanese Navy attacking a U.S. naval base, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. They did this to keep the United States from interfering with their planned attack on the Southeast Asian territories. Japan was successful for a little while but eventually the allied powers overtook them and won by forcing an unconditional surrender after using atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 (Mislan, 2012, sec 4.1). After Japan surrendered they were occupied and governed by the allied powers, primarily the United States until 1952. During the time Japan was occupied the people adopted a new constitution and democratic institutions with a new government that held fair elections. This is when the emperor’s role was reduced to a symbolic one (Mislan, 2012, sec 4.1) When the Japanese talk about the attack on Pearl Harbor they do not see it as an act of aggression. They say that it was a defensive maneuver against Western imperialism (Oh, n.d.). The oral stories of the war from the Japanese are distorting the history of everything. The Japanese want their children to think of their country as victims citing the Hiroshima bombings and the imperialism of the Western countries (Oh, …show more content…
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