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    Japan in World War II


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    uring the 1930s and through World War II, the Japanese military controlled the government of Japan. Unlike Germany and Italy, Japan did not have a dictator, but an oligarchic and militaristic system ruling the country. Japan admired Hitler’s regime and used the Nazis to advance Japan’s military, but this member of the Axis power ruled differently and fought differently than its European allies. Japan, during World War II, made history by attacking Pearl Harbor, quickly conquering vast territories in the Pacific, defying the Geneva Convention by mistreating prisoners of war, and fighting to the death with legendary kamikazes.

    Other: Bataan Death March begins
    10 Apr 1942
    Other: U.S. drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki
    Nagasaki, Japan
    Other: U.S. declares war on Japan
    8 Dec 1941
    Other: Formal Japanese surrender, V-J day
    2 Sep 1945
    Other: U.S. drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima
    6 Aug 1945
    Other: Battle of the Bismark Sea, U.S. victory
    March 2, 1943--March 4, 1943
    Other: “Doolittle’s Raid” or “30 Seconds over Tokyo”
    18 Apr 1942
    Other: Battle of Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal
    September 12, 1942--September 14, 1942
    Other: Philippines liberated
    5 Jul 1945
    Other: Suffers 1st defeat during Battle of the Coral Sea
    May 7, 1942--May 8, 1942
    Other: U.S. drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima
    Hiroshima, Japan
    Other: U.S. Marines invade Iwo Jima
    19 Feb 1945
    Other: U.S. troops liberate Guam
    27 Jul 1944
    Other: Japan surrenders to Allies
    14 Aug 1945
    Other: US begins submarine warfare against Japanese ships
    1 Jun 1943
    Other: The first suicide air (Kamikaze) attacks occur
    25 Oct 1944
    Other: U.S. drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki
    9 Aug 1945
    Other: Battle of Midway
    June 4, 1942--June 5, 1942
    Other: Japan attacks U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan
    3 Apr 1942
    Other: U.S. forces invade Okinawa
    1 Apr 1945
    Economy: Mixed Economy
    Government guided business and businesses produced with a free-enterprise system
    Other: Japan withdraws from the League of Nations
    1933
    Other: Japan begins the siege of Singapore
    Singapore
    Other: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor
    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    Other: Japan attacks Dutch East Indies and Dutch Borneo
    11 Jan 1942
    Other: Japan invades the Philippines and seizes Guam
    Guam
    Other: Japan seizes Manchuria
    Manchuria, China
    Other: Japan attacks Dutch East Indies and Dutch Borneo
    Borneo
    Other: Japan seizes Manchuria
    1931
    Other: Japan occupies French Indochina
    Indochina
    Other: Japan begins the siege of Singapore
    31 Jan 1942
    Other: The second Sino-Japanese War breaks out
    Jul 1937
    Other: U.S. Gen Douglas MacArthur leaves Philippines
    23 Dec 1941
    Other: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor
    7 Dec 1941
    Other: Japan joins the Axis Powers
    1940
    Other: Japan invades Burma
    Burma
    Other: Japan invades the Philippines and seizes Guam
    10 Dec 1941
    Other: Japan invades Burma
    11 Dec 1941
    Other: Japan occupies French Indochina
    1940
    Other: Japan invades the Philippines and seizes Guam
    Philippines
    Government: Oligarchy
    Military Controlled

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    Admiral Mineichi Koga
    Commander in Chief of the Combined Fleet, 1943
    Emperor Hirohito
    passive role until 1945, government run by the military
    General Hideki Tojo
    Prime Minister of Japan
    Chuichi Nagumo
    Director of the air attacks on Pearl Harbor
    Soemu Toyoda
    Commander in Chief of the Combined Fleet, 1944-45
    Isoruku Yamamoto
    Commander in Chief of the Combined Fleet, 1939-42

    1 Source·1 other

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