WWl and Inter War Years

These feelings continued until World War I when Japan seized German holdings in East Asia and the Chinese territory of Kiaochow. When the Chinese demanded the return of the territory the Japanese government responded with the Twenty-one Demands of January 1915 which forced China to accept the presence and extended influence of Japan in China. Later, in 1917, Japan extended further in to Manchuria and Inner Mongolia thus setting the stage for itís later open aggressions against China. In 1921 and 1922 Japan signed the Washington Conference Treaty which imposed naval arms limitations and established a balance of power in the Pacific. Again in 1930 further limitations on naval arms were agreed to by the London Naval Conference. The political and military leaders of Japan wished to promote the strength and wealth of their country however they disagreed on the use of their power and their resources. This was issue was the center of many key debates especially in the crucial decade of the 1930s.

Matthew Perry
Meiji Restoration
World War II
Allied Occupation
60s and 70s
80s and varied treaties
Currently and US trade deficit