Japan #3 - 1895 Japan invades Korea 1895-1945 Korea is a slave state Japan totally dominates them 1900 Japan helps supress the boxer rebellion

Japan #3 - 1895 Japan invades Korea 1895-1945 Korea is a...

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- 1895 Japan invades Korea - 1895-1945 Korea is a slave state, Japan totally dominates them - 1900 Japan helps supress the boxer rebellion - 1937-1945 Japan invades and occupies China - Starts with the Rape of Nanking in 1937, basically killed everyone in their sight - The Chinese still remember this day, 200-250k civilians killed in just a few weeks - Poisoned a water supply for funsies, filled airplanes with infected rats to see how fast disease would be spread - Probably 20 million Chinese casualties (on the reserved side), up to 35 million by some estimates - China and Korea animosity towards Japan including other Asian countries - This hatred has been passed down - Japanese textbooks completely skip over the Japanese imperial phase, infuriates Koreans and Chinese - Yasukuni Shrine is a cemetary for soldiers and political leaders. There also bury war criminals there, which infuriates Chinese/Koreans (since they pay homage to the war criminals, he compares it to European officials laying a wreath over Hitler’s grave) - Chinese/Japanese governments still have lawsuits against Japan - Germany has apologized profusely and owned up to what they did during WW2 and are accepted by Europe - Japan has not done what Germany did - The US isn’t happy with Japan either because of 1941 Pearl Harbor - 1942 Bataan Death March, occurred in the Phillippines. Took prisoners of war and marched US and Filipino troops to death basically. - US people found about the Bataan Death March and Bridge to River Kwai and were super duper pissed - Unleashed retaliation, many racist propaganda posters - US firebombs Japan to the ground (he says dust) and the eventual atomic bombs - Understand 2 things: why there is still Asian animosity towards Japan and the complete devastation of Japan after WW2 - Today: Japan is #2 (#3 now) economy and allies with the US We started this series on Japan talking about how they're the most western eastern state. And really any measure of society, economics, technology, culture, they are very western. They look like the United States or other western European countries. And how did that get to be that way given what we just talked about during the Japanese imperial aggressive phase in Bad Blood, where they pissed off everybody in the US and western Europe and the Asian neighborhood? And by the end of World War Two they're in ruin, utterly destroyed and incapacitated. Two atomic bombs dropped on them. How can we say that they got to the point of being as rich as the United States and the richest countries on Earth? Great question. All of this happens in the Post-War miracle Phase after the conclusion of World War Two. It's really the
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formation of the Modern State of Japan, part two. I mean really they industrialized and and advanced their technology and everything during that Meiji restoration.
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