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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

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

W. G. Beasley

Oxford University Press

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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