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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 New Order in North-east Asia

Japan’s New Order in North-east Asia

(p.198) 13 Japan’s New Order in North-east Asia
Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945

W. G. Beasley

Oxford University Press

The events leading to the creation of Manchukuo in 1931–2 changed the frame of reference for Japanese policy making in several ways. Externally, they demonstrated that in certain circumstances the objections of the powers could be ignored. The very fact of exercising power in China raised difficult questions for many Japanese. What machinery could Japan devise for giving its wishes effect? How were the realities of Japanese power to be reconciled with emotive and sincere slogans such as ‘coexistence and co-prosperity’ or ‘Sino-Japanese accord’? Could one reconcile the fact of empire with a sense of being Asian? It was from such dilemmas that the concept of the New Order emerged. The expression was first applied to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, north China, and Manchukuo.

Keywords:   China, industrial heartland, imperialism, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Asia, Manchuria, Manchukuo

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