Why is Japan considered a 'victory' in the Cold War? 

Expert Answers
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Japan is considered to be a victory in the Cold War because it became a strong ally of the United States in political terms and because its economy became a capitalist powerhouse.

During the Cold War, the US felt that it was important to keep communism from spreading.  There was a great deal of communism near to Japan (China, North Korea) and there were those in Japan who favored communism.  Therefore, it was a victory for the US when Japan remained firmly in the Western, democratic, and capitalist camp. Instead of becoming communist, Japan became an outpost from which capitalism and democracy could spread.

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question