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1868 Meiji Restoration The birth of Imperial Japan. The emperor was given a lot of power - which he used to rapidly educate the people, grow the economy, and foster a massive military.
1910 Japan annexes Korea First annexed territory. The Japanese officially starts to rule Korea on the 29th of August, 1910, a week after they invaded Korea. Koreans are forced to learn, act upon, follow Japanese traditions, and abandon their Korean heritage, traditional values, history and culture.
1914 Japanese Empire joins Britain in WW1 Japan, allied with the British Empire, help defeat Germany and Austria-Hungary. As a result, Japan gets to control former German controlled islands in the Pacific.
1929 The great depression Extreme Imperialism begins. When the great depression starts, Japan's economy is affected, however, their the military isn't. This gives them the incentive to practice ultra-nationalistic views, reject Western influences, preserve traditional Japanese values, and expand their territory to more neighboring countries.
1931 Invasion of Manchuria The Japanese Empire invades Manchuria, China and installs a puppet regime, meaning, the region is supposedly independent, but is actually controlled by another power. In 1932, the Japanese began capturing women and forced them into sex slavery. The first 'comfort' station was built in Manchuria.
1937 Second Sino Japanese War Japan commits atrocities. Japan declares war on China, invading several Chinese cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing. The Nanking massacre caused the deaths of up to 300,000 Chinese civilians. Japan also continues to capture 'comfort' women, as young as 12, to serve for the military.
1941 Hongkong captured.
1941 Pearl Harbor Attack Japan, as an ally of Nazi Germany, launched a military attack on the naval base in Hawaii. This drags the US into World War 2.
1944 - 1945 Only Japan left in Japanese Empire The United States continues to invade Japanese annexed territory. In 1944, they reconquer enough territory to attack Japan directly. On the 6th of August, the United States drops a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, then 3 days later, another in Nagasaki. This leads to the deaths of thousands of people, but also the Imperial Japanese Emperor to abdicate. The allies win World War 2.
1947 New Japanese Constitution The end of Imperial Japan. After losing the war and with the abdicated emperor, the allies occupy Japan and write a new constitution, to ensure they will never get this powerful again.
1940 Japan continues to expand Japan conquers several other countries in Asia, in the midst of World War 2. Some includes Philippines, Dutch East Indies, Burma and Malaya. Men were captured prisoners of war, while women served as 'comfort' women. The Japanese captured as many as 200,000 women from all of their annexed countries.
1940 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia captured.
1941 Thailand captured.
1942 Malaysia captured.
1942 Philippines captured.
1942 Indonesia captured.
1942 Singapore captured.
1942 Myanmar (Burma) captured.
Japanese Empire by the end of 1942 Throughout the 79 years of its existence, Imperial Japan has invaded over 25 countries in Asia and has committed one of the most infamous war crimes in history. From here onward, Japan only loses territory.
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