What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?

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    In the 1930s and 1940s, Japan seemed intent on colonizing all of Asia. It seized vast swathes of land and numerous islands; Korea was already under its control, but it added Manchuria, coastal China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Singapore, Malaya (Malaysia), Thailand, New Guinea, Brunei, Taiwan... Japanese attacks even reached to Australia in the south, the US territory of Hawaii in the east, the Aleutian Islands of Alaska in the north, and as far west as British India in the Kohima campaign.


    What motivated a formerly reclusive island nation to go on such a rampage?

    Why Was Japan So Aggressive in World War II?
     
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    The article you posted provides the answer.
     
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    the militarists were in ''control''
    they had assassinations and attempted assassinations
    the culture/government/etc was totally different from the US
    the US put embargoes/restrictions on supplies needed for the military
    Milestones: 1937–1945 - Office of the Historian
    obviously they thought this would strangle Japan/Japan's military

    they beat Russia 1904-1905--giving them confidence
    Japan was an island with little resources
    etc
     
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    Discuss it then.

    Bring in kamikaze, and refusal to surrender, despite the first atom bomb.
     
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    Yeah...Truman needed to incinerate thousands of Japanese women and children, because the criminals running the government of Japan wouldn't surrender.

    Is that some kind of warped justification for mass murder?
     
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    And many veterans are haunted by that event, to this day.

    But at the time, a mathematical justification had to be made. The loss of American soldiers vs Japanese, by conventional means.

    Not to forget the Germans were involved in an atomic bomb production, but did not have the means to transport it, unlike the Americans.
     
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    That premise to justify mass murder of civilians has long been discredited.

    We didn’t need to occupy Japan. As such, no need to invade.
     
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    They didn't invade.
     
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    Funny.

    Yet you think the abombs were justified so as to prevent an invasion.
     
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    I didn't say that. You said I said it.
     

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