Japanesse Imperialism

By: Mason, Ryan, Kayla, Grace

The Story of Imperialism in Japan

During the mid 1800s Japanese Imperialism began. Japan was a very crucial place to America for the main factor of trade. Japan unlike America had all the things that not a lot of other people had. The only thing that Japan wanted from America was opium, but America needed tea, sugar, etc. One of Japan’s main thing they wanted to do was to gain more control over other countries like Korea.


In about 1853 the U.S. sent in a fleet of ships to Japan to open trade ports. Then after they opened the trade ports, other countries like Holland, Britain, and Russia negotiated for some of the same treaties. There was a restoration called the Meiji Restoration when the japanese started to adapt to western ways of living. The western technology they adapted to was industrialized in less than 50 years.


Japan and the Chinese clashed in a small war declaration war at a small border called Peking. Japan was trying to take control of other places like Korea to expand their empire, doing that this made their military successfully win battles and have more resources to fight in big wars, and keep expanding. Japan’s money source had to do a lot with their expansion so that they could grow crops and build factories. Japan was not just an industrial country it was also still a farming country but they didn’t do a lot of growing/producing in Japan it was mainly in the countries they conquered.


During the 1930s Japan reached its high point (Meaning that it was as most powerful they could be) and stretched their land from the mainland of China to Micronesia. The imperialists work their way to the top to try and become the most powerful country. In the year of 1931 Japan sent in an army of troops to Manchuria because there was a power line taken down when an explosion hit it. In 1940, Japan signed the Tripartite Pact, making the Rome-Tokyo-Berlin Axis, with the alliance building that was created in 1936 by the Anti-Comintern Pact. Japan now looked hungrily towards the oil-rich Dutch East Indies to fuel its Co-Prosperity Sphere. In 1941, Imperial General Headquarters turned down Roosevelt’s demand in regarding getting rid of troops from China and French Indochina, the US President announced an oil ban on Japan. For Japan, the move was the move was the perfect pretext for war, that occurred in December 1941 with the Pearl Harbor attack.
Imperialism in Japan