militarism in Japan

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Japan’s focus turned towards militarism after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji restoration in 1868, however it was less obvious since Japan was going through a rapid modernization period. People focused more on westernization and adapting to the new fast growing society. It wasn’t until late 1800’s and early 1900’s that the government turned its attention into making a very strong military. During early 1900’s Japanese government fell into the hands of militarist officials. Japanese people believed that they could restore discipline in the army by giving in to their demands; but instead, they discovered that they more they give in, the more control they lost. This led the army to gain increasing control of the government and the foreign policy. Thus Japan’s drift toward war was due to the militarization of the government, lack of coordinating agencies, and the inability of the militaristic parties to make appropriate foreign decision. These three factors gradually led Japan to the war with China in 1937. During late 1800’s Japanese leaders sought to make Japan one of the most powerful and prestigious country in the world like the western powers. However, soon the leaders realized that the modernization of country’s military is a must in order to practice imperialism and claim its demands to the Western powers. The government strengthened the military and encouraged imperialism, “while military reserve and veterans associations were strengthen and youth and women’s organizations were created to encourage local identification with the nation’s well”(Huffman 108.) it was the 1
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beginning of imperialism in Japan. All the people were encouraged to mention their identification as a proud citizen. They were also encourage believe in Shintoism, as Huffman states, “A series of laws and institutions pressured people to give greater allegiance to the indigenous national faith, Shinto” (Huffman 108.) Japan wanted to be like western powers such as Britain, Germany, France, America, who gained imperialism by military means and various overseas territorial acquirements. Therefore Japanese leaders thought the only way they could practice imperialism and compute against western imperialism is if Japan invades other Asian countries, “in this process they creates an atmosphere of imperial democracy—a time when the democratic forces of devate and diversity were almost evenly balanced by imperialism in both of its meanings, loyalty to the emperor at home and pride in Japan’s achievements abroad”(Huffman 109.) However, regardless of Japan’s success in war against China in 1805, Japan realized that the country is not as strong as western imperialist when Japan was forced to give up the Liaotung Peninsula captured during war against China by Germany, Russia, and France. As a result Japan decided to speed up its military expenses and build up a stronger
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