November 21st 2007 - November 21st 2007 Japan had occupied...

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November 21 st 2007 Japan had occupied Taiwan and Korea and had made Korea an official colony in 1910. Taiwan had become a colony in 1895 after the first Sino-Japanese war. There was economic growth- Japan had invested in these countries, bought their resources from this area, it invested in ports, houses, railways, roads, school, public health facilities, etc., to make them an integral part of the Japanese economy. Japan wanted raw materials from this areas therefore invested in the things needed to extract this materials. Japan’s occupation of Taiwan and Korea were unlike its occupation of Southeast Asia, as its occupation of Southeast Asia was true occupation: it plundered weak areas, attacked vigorously and Japan destructed the existing economies in Southeast Asia. Previous economies were established by previous colonizers- the US and the Dutch. Japan is not able to provide these colonies with alternative markets; production of certain commodities go down (sugar in Philippines for etc.) while Japan forces production for other products. Japan was looting the resources as it did have much money to pay for commodities; forced labor and exploitation resulted in misery in Southeast Asia. It is during WWII years that communist parties were harbored and began to gather and rally and support from the peasants. Communist parties were able to succeed because they were easily able to mobilize peasantry, so when Japan was defeated it was easy for them to declare the independence of certain nations. Communist policy globally was very clear: they were strongly against fascism, resist. Other parties were tolerant of Japanese policies, but the Communist parties were there to organize people to resist Japanese colonialism, hence harboring support. During the Vietnamese famine the communist party helped in solving this. In Burma, the communist party is leading a national front during the War. In the Philippines, the communist party becomes more powerful during the war years. In every country, there is some sort of battle between the communists and non
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This note was uploaded on 08/03/2011 for the course HIST 102 taught by Professor Johnroosa during the Spring '08 term at The University of British Columbia.

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