Japan And The Influence Of Imperialism

1031 words - 4 pages

Japan, an isolated island located in the Pacific Ocean in East Asia,

surprised the world when it first opened its doors to Western

influence in 1854. While it had a strict policy about maintaining its

isolation, it had no choice but to succumb to imperialism. When

Commodore Matthew Perry visited, Japan realized that isolation had

resulted in their inability to develop economically and militarily

with the industrialized world. Thus from 1854 to 1914, the Japanese

changed from being under the influence of imperialism to becoming an

imperialist nation, as well as coming out of feudalism and going to

into modern militarism. Despite all these changes in its economy and

military, Japan had managed to consolidate its power under one single

ruler, whether it is the shogun, the emperor, or the military general.

From the start of 1854 to the end of 1914, Japan changed from being

threatened to trade with the West to aggressively embracing

imperialism. After Commodore Matthew Perry’s initial visit, Japan was

faced with no choice but to open trade, for it was presented with the

threat of destruction. This can be seen in the Treaty of Kanagawa,

which opened diplomatic ties between the U.S and Japan. Eventually,

more similar treaties were signed in favor of these Western countries.

Japan at that time was under the influence of these countries.

Eventually, however, Japan began its own imperialism over China, Korea

as well as parts of Russia. Japan not only became an imperial power,

but it became a world power after driving out the Russians and

asserting its hegemony in Nanjing as well as in Manchuria. Through a

period of rapid industrialization and development, the Japanese

learned a great deal from the West and was catching up rather quickly.

The Meiji Restoration in Japan can be compared to the Industrial

Revolution in Europe. Japan was able to build factories and set up

private organizations more rapidly because it did not need to

experiment with or invent anything new. By 1914, Japanese imperialism

had become a threat to the United States to the point that it had to

place an embargo in order to stop it from invading neighboring

countries such as Australia. The reason why Japan changed from being

threatened by Europeans and Americans to being as threatening as they

are is because they were motivated to become a powerful nation. Their

initial decision to open up trade with the West was prompted by their

desire to posses modern technology. Their motivation was caused by the

lack of resources, to earn its reputation as a strong nation and to

avoid to be manipulated by the West. The formation of the Greater East

Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere created an independent capable of

eliminating imperialism from Asia and to develop a sufficient economy

in order to compete with the Europeans. This is different from what

was occurring in another East...

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