Japanese Imperialist Expansion in Asia

A definite logic is contained in the various efforts to legitimise and resurrect the history and symbols of Japanese militarism. It amounts to clearing the ideological decks for an aggressive reassertion of the interests of Japanese imperialism in Asia and elsewhere against those of its rivals.

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Impact of Japanese Imperialism in Southeast Asia •Destroy prestige of white colonial rulers

of the victims of Japanese imperialism in Asia really supported it

Junichiro Koizumi fashions himself as Japan’s male MargaretThatcher to promote all-out neo-liberalism in Japan, the way war-timeemperorHirohito fashioned himself after the Queen Victoria to promotingJapanese imperialismin Asia.

marked a major expansion of Japanese imperialism in Asia

How, one might ask, was the SFPT able to masquerade as a treaty ending a fifteen-year war in Asia when few, if any, of the victims of Japanese imperialism in Asia really supported it? Part of the answer lies in the accommodation that pro-U.S. leaders, such as Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek, South Korea's Syngman Rhee, and the Philippines' Elpidio Quirino made in order to shore up their own regimes. But as we have seen, their actual role in the peace treaty process was quite limited. More important in the legitimation process was the role played by the forty-five or so other countries that turned up in San Francisco to shout down Soviet objections to the treaty.

Pankaj Mishra is right that liberalism played a role in Japanese imperialism in Asia before 1945
This is not to suggest that, in contrast, high culture articulates a more genuine Asianism; the articulation of high culture itself relies on the operation of the very binary structure (artistic sensibility versus scientific rationality, spirituality versus materiality) that a regionalist deployment of high culture seeks to dismantle. Nonetheless, as long as Asia is defined through its shared experience of exploitation and colonization, this aesthetics—situated as it is within the specific geopolitical condition that marked the global extension of Western imperialism— remains a powerful trope for regional solidarity. Furthermore, as long as high culture is defined in the forms of cultural mutation and hybridization that preceded the consolidation of national culture, it remains a conceptual means by which to momentarily transcend the historical predicament of Western imperialism. However, from the moment Japan establishes itself as the only non-Western colonial power (an identification process that I have elsewhere termed “not-white, not-quite, yet alike”), the radical discourse of emancipation is inverted and reorganized as a justification for Japanese imperialism in Asia.It is harder to know with Obama. He closed down two wars, and brought back a broken economy. No one but Lincoln and FDR has ever inherited a larger mess, and neither of these great presidents had to deal with an immediate crisis abroad--though the threat of secession and the rise of fascism in Europe and Japanese imperialism in Asia certainly provide a parallel. Obama has been far more hawkish than he had seemed to promise in his first campaign--drone wars, assassination of American citizen abroad, the trumpeting of killing Bin Laden, the continuing engagement in Afghanistan, and now the return to Iraq to fight ISIL. The continuation and expansion of the National Security State that Bush set in motion after 9/11. Many people on the left see these as deep flaws. Some on the right think he has not gone far enough, while rightwing libertarians sometimes seem to think that we should just wash our hands of the whole business and retreat behind our borders--a version of the French Maginot line.
11/16 Lecture: Japanese Imperialism in Asia; Group Activity: Analyzing Japanese Wood

Japanese Imperialism, 1868-1900

Kelley locates the case squarely within the context of the revolutionary upheavals of the decade following the Stock Market collapse in 1929: the rise of Facism in Italy and Nazism in Germany, Japanese imperialism in Asia, and the stirrings of civil war in Spain.

All these movements played a crucial role in the final collapse of Japanese imperialism in Asia

Meiji period Japanese, and Russian imperialism.

In 1902, Britain approved Japan’s right to control Korea through the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. In 1905, U.S. President Roosevelt mediated the Treaty of Portsmouth to grant Japan’s priority to control Korea. Around 100 years ago, the international community turned a blind eye to Japanese imperialism.
This negligence caused deep scars and pain on the Asian continent. Accepting the name of Takeshima for Dokdo is a sign of approval for the revival of Japanese militarism. Let it be known that an approval of Takeshima will shake the peace in Asia. To prevent the revival of Japanese imperialism in Asia, all of us have a historical obligation to remove Takeshima and only use the name Dokdo.

We also think Americans can benefit from learning about the history of Japanese imperialism in Asia

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Pankaj Mishra is right that liberalism played a role in Japanese imperialism in Asia before 1945. But after the war the pacifist movement that repeatedly brought hundreds of thousands out in the streets of Tokyo to keep Japan demilitarised throughout the Cold War, against the wishes of the US, was led by liberals like Maruyama Masao.