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Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945$
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W. G. Beasley

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.001.0001

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Japan’s Territorial Dependencies, 1895–1930

Japan’s Territorial Dependencies, 1895–1930

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(p.142) 10 Japan’s Territorial Dependencies, 1895–1930
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Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945
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W. G. Beasley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.003.0010

Within 20 years of negotiating an end to its unequal treaties with the West, Japan had become a substantial colonial power. The territories they gained were not large – Korea, Taiwan, and Karafuto together had a total area which was only four-fifths that of the Japanese home islands – but they were important to Japan in a number of ways. For an aspiring world power, colonies were a prestige symbol. Japan's overseas empire – taken together with the Kurile, Ryukyu, and Benin islands, which were part of Japan proper – formed a defence zone in depth, and provided jump-off points for further advances. Both the army and the navy regarded the empire as strategically vital. It was also a major economic resource: its markets, food supplies, and industrial raw materials were to seem more and more valuable as the Japanese economy became ‘advanced’.

Keywords:   colonial government, colonial economy, world power, Korea, Taiwan, Karafuto

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