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Military Power Of Japan Empire Essay

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Japan towards the year 1905 became a very powerful military power capable of carving out its own empire for itself. This power is still in act and very strong to present date. This is due to the Meiji Restoration and Japans military development, the war with China and the Anglo-Japanese alliance and Russo-Japanese War.
The Meiji restoration was a revolution within Japans political and social system in 1866 to 1869. This over through the power of the Tokugawa shogun returning political power back to the emperor rather than having the shogun control Japan. Before this period of the Meiji restoration, most or all of the political power laid in the Tokugawa clan and in particular the leader of ...view middle of the document...

The Meiji restoration period was the start of Japans rise to power and because of this Japan became a developed country because of the industrial revolution.
The first Sino-Japanese war or more commonly referred to as the war with china was a major display of how powerful Japan had become. This war in particular was over supremacy for Korea. At the time Korea had a large amount of natural resources like coal and iron and had long been china’s most important client state. In 1894 there was a rebellion sparked in Korea and because both China and Japan were allies with Korea both countries sent in troops. After the riot was controlled both countries kept their troops stationed and Japan felt as though it was a perfect time to start a war for control of Korea. At the time it would have been thought that China would win the war because of its large amounts of soldiers and powerful armies but Japan was much more ahead in its military progress and destroyed five Chinese navy ironclad ships. The Chinese retreated into Port Arthur and didn’t dare challenge Japan on the water again. Japan then invaded port Arthur and found Japanese prisoners in Chinese confines. This sent japan on a massacre frenzy and nearly the whole population of the city was killed, this is now known as the Port Arthur massacre. Examples of this Massacre are “Much of the First Sino-Japanese War was fought...

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