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The Japanese Empire

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Corbin Davenport

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The Japanese Empire The Japanese Empire started with Emperor Hirohito, who rose to the Japanese throne in 1926. (History UK).

By this time Japan was still in the middle ages, with warlords and the Samurai ruling the country. Japan took in very few inventions from the outside world (History UK). The 1924 Japanese Exclusion Act
prohibited any Japanese citizen
to immigrate to the United States (History UK). The Peace Preservation Law, instituted in 1925 by the new emperor, restricted freedom in Japan.

It's goal was to keep Japan's emperor-centered government and outlaw communism, socialism, etc (History UK). From about 1928 to 1932, Japan was feeling the effects of America's Great Depression. Unemployment was high and exports were low (History UK). The Sino-Japanese War, a war that lasted from 1894 to 1895 between Russia and Japan, ended with Japan annexing Taiwan (Japanese Empire Militarism 1). The Japanese Empire was the most powerful state in Asia during the first half of the 20th century. In that time they conquered half of Asia, most of the Pacific, and much of Oceania. Empires rise and fall, but the Japanese Empire made it through it's formation, both World Wars, and it's eventual fall. But how could an empire as powerful as the Japanese Empire fall? Japanese bombers destroyed Pearl Harbor base in 1941. During the air raid, hundreds of aircraft and dozens of ships were put out of service (Dowling).

Pearl Harbor is considered the start of the Pacific War, and the United State's entry into World War I (Dowling). At Midway island in the Pacific, the Battle of Midway proved to be a turning point in japan's successful campaign in the Pacific Ocean (Dowling).

The American fleet was aware the Japanese were approaching, so the Japanese were met with no surprise (Dowling).

Japan lost four aircraft carriers and all the aircraft that was on them. This could be considered the start of the Japanese Empire's fall (Dowling). Sam -> "I'm a shark" At 8:15 on August 6th, 1945 a United States B-29 bomber aircraft dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima on the main Japanese island. The bomb killed 80,000 people almost instantly. (History UK) A video of the Hiroshima bomb
was never recorded, but here is
a video of a test atomic bomb
of the same class. Despite being
set off underwater, it still shows
the destructive capacity that
atomic bombs can provide.
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