Totalitarian japan

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Totalitarian japan

  1. 1. TOTALITARIAN JAPAN FASCISM IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
  2. 2. INDUSTRIALISM IN JAPAN AND THE DEPRESSION At the dawn of the Great Depression, Japan was still a relative newcomer to industrialism. It was dependent of exports (selling things to other countries) to make money. But could countries afford to buy things? The creation of artificial silk hurt the Japanese economy and made them distrust Western countries.
  3. 3. THE MILITARY PROPOSES A SOLUTION In addition to the economic problems of the Depression, a bad harvest hit many Japanese communities. The military began suggesting expanding (conquering) nearby places as a way to get the resources they needed. They pointed to their successes in previous wars with China and Russia.
  4. 4. SO THE MILITARY STEPPED IN The military soon took over Japan, creating a military dictatorship. The Emperor Hirohito became little more than a figurehead. High School Girls Training to Shoot
  5. 5. TO MANCHURIA….AND BEYOND! Japan’s first big attack was on Manchuria in 1931 Manchuria was a rich area between Russia and China.
  6. 6. THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS RESPONDS! The League of Nations (who were they?) responded by….telling the Japanese this was not cool! So Japan quit the league.
  7. 7. CHINA WAS NEXT! Today Manchuria is part of China, but back then, it was not. So the Chinese didn’t worry. Meanwhile, the Chinese were busy in a civil war. Japan invaded Nanking, China’s capital, in 1937. The Chinese stopped fighting each other to focus on Japan.

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