Who imperialized Japan?

Question:

Who imperialized Japan?

The Imperialist Ambition:

Japan didn't really start its trek toward imperialism until 1894 with its invasion of China and Korea. This was the First Sino-Japanese War, which concluded in 1895 with Japan having possession of Korea and Manchuria.

Answer and Explanation:

Ito Hirobumi was the Prime Minister of Japan at this time; however, he may not be fully deserving of credit as the one of imperialized Japan—this was probably more of combination of people and circumstances of Japan westernizing and coming out of its isolationist period.

Japan's territorial acquisitions in Manchuria and Korea were challenged by Russia during the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). Here though, Japan was also successful, which culminated in a Japanese victory and devastating defeating for Russia. Japan's expansionist efforts continued well into the first half of the 20th century, and it sought more possessions in the Far East. Japan's imperialism ultimately came to a head in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). This war spilt over came became part of the greater conflict of World War II, ultimately being referred to as the Pacific Theater.


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