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Why did Japan invade China in 1937?

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rak64 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM via web

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Why did Japan invade China in 1937?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Japan's invasion of China was due essentially to Japan's desire to be an imperial power.  There was both an economic and a militaristic element to this desire.

Economically, Japan needed more resources.  It wanted to be an industrial and military power but lacked resources and space on its home islands.  For this reason, it expanded into Korea and Taiwan and eventually Manchuria.  This was also a reason for wanting to break out of Manchuria and dominate China itself.

Militaristically, Japan was being controlled by hard-line military officers.  They wanted war in part simply because part of their ideology extolled war.  They wanted to prove that they were strong and could subjugate other countries.  It was particularly important to subjugate China, which had traditionally been the power in East Asia.

 

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x-sumit-x | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM (Answer #2)

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it was due to them wanting to be like USA and RUSSIA :)

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