Over the decades, Japan has become a powerful and independent nation. They continue to progress and become more and more powerful. In this term paper, I will discuss Japan’s pathway to success, How did Mitsuhito restore Japan? How did this restoration led them to long term success? I will also talk about why did Japan want to expand their land, and what did they have to do to expand it? What happened during WWI? and what did they gain from it? What led To WWII? Why did Japan bomb the Pearl Harbor? How did the war end in Japan? What was life like for women during the war?What was life like after the war? What is Japan like today?
In 1615, Japan was ruled Shogun during the Edo period. They used the Tokugawa as a coverup, but had no political power. The Edo period was an era of peace and tranquility among the Japanese. There was an increase in artistic culture and design. During that time, society progressed and cities grew more prosperous. The Shogunate established a four class social. The Shogun used the samurai to enforce laws and restrictions. The Samurai were warriors who were skilled in fighting, archery and martial arts.
In 1868, Tokugawa shôgun was overthrown, and the Samurai lost their power. Mitsuhito came into power and he ruled as “Meiji”,which means enlightened one. This then sparked the Meiji Restoration. At that time, Japan was facing an economic crisis, they were not as advanced as the other countries. They were incapable of being successful because they were lack of military techniques. Japan was disconnected from all the other nations. The Most industrialized nation at that time was England, and because Japans locations, they did not have the resources. The restrictions on Japan’s trade, limited them. They were unequal treaties, which prevented Japan from trading. During his reign, Mitsuhito got rid of the unequal treaties, and rebuilt Japan as an independent nations. Japan was able to provide for themselves, and expand their nation. He established a bureaucratic government, and constitution, which gave everyone their rights. He also changed the government to parliament. A Parliament consists of three functions called representation, legislation and parliamentary control. He also formed a transportation system, that allow people to transport to and from Japan. He modernized Japan by introducing more advanced technology and improvement in medicine. He established a school organization, that requires every child to go goto school. Mitsuhito also organized a strong naval system,with advanced war strategies and techniques.
In 1894 Japan was becoming more industrialized, and they wanted to expand their territory. They wanted more available resources. They also thought that more land they have, the more power. They wanted to take control of Korea from the Chinese, because Korea was very efficient in resources. China was going through a series of Opium wars with Great Britain, and they were not physically stable to go back into war....