Japan 1930's

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    What motivated Japan to get into conflict with China? 1931 - take over Manchuria, 1937 - start war with China.
     
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  5. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Japan has little or no coal, oil, or industrial mineral resources, and a long history of war with aggressive Siberian and Chinese and Korean governments, often in self defense. Their first military conquests in the 1930s were of major coal deposits in northern China.
     
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  7. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    "Japan", per se, did not want to get into a war with China. Folks like the Amur River Society (aka The Black Dragon Society) did. The junior officers who provoked the Incident were practicing gekokujo (to push from below), basically setting foreign policy for the nation at the field level.
     
  8. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    What motivated these junior officers? Did they just want to get into a war - no matter with who?
     
  9. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    They wanted Japan to ... well, a bunch of shit. Throw off the yoke of the Occidental Powers, because the arbiter of power in East Asia, achieve the glory due to Yamato, all that. And they thought the government wasn't moving fast enough. Assassination was their means of 'adjusting' the government views. Feb 26, 1936 brought things to a head. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_26_Incident
     
  10. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    What did the attack on China have to do with "Throw off the yoke of the Occidental Powers"?
     
  11. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    The hotheads wanted to "throw off the yoke of the Occidental Powers" as well as conqueror China.
     
  12. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    And that should be "become the arbiter..."
     
  13. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Were China and Japan modernized countries back in the 1930s?
     
  14. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    China was fighting a civil war before the Marco Polo Bridge Incident. Most of the country was subsistence farmers, with some industry in the cities. Japan was probably the most technologically advanced non-colony in that part of the world. Australia was nearest to Japan, I think.
     
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  15. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I wonder if Japan viewed China as a threat. Maybe the Japanese were concerned that if China modernized they may become powerful enough to try to invade Japan.
     
  16. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Did the civil war have anything to do with Communism? I believe that China became a Communist country after World War 2.
     
  17. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Japan had signed the Nine Power Treaty at the Washington Naval Conference, promising to allow equal access to the China markets. That didn't last. Japan wanted an empire and China was to their India.
     
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  18. akoreamerican Registered Senior Member

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    Other than the failed Mongolian invasions I'm not aware of any other times Japan was invaded. Please clarify how Siberian, Chinese and Korean governments were aggressive towards japan.
     
  19. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    The Mongols of the Divine Wind invasions were Siberian and Chinese both. Many of the ships they were using were apparently built by their ally, the Koreans.
    So that's a famous one.
    But Korea was in the middle for all those centuries - the obvious conduit for Asian threat (and opportunity) to Japan.
     
  20. akoreamerican Registered Senior Member

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    Yes but you are making an assumption. I believe for most of written history, Japan was the aggressor.
     
  21. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Before the first Sino-Japanese War what expeditions did Japan mount to the mainland?
     
  22. akoreamerican Registered Senior Member

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  23. akoreamerican Registered Senior Member

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    An entertaining and abridged history of japan

     

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