What were the negative and positive effects of imperialism on japan?
Japan was largely unaffected by European imperialism. For
centuries they maintained a very isolationist policy and had almost
no contact with the opposite world. They never came under the rule
of any Western power. Beginning in the 1800's though they, of their
own accord, began allowing in Western ideas and seeking to
modernize their economy and, to some extent, westernize their
society. This eventually led them to adopt an imperialist policy of
their own. They conquered Korea in the early 20th century and then
in the 1930's invaded China. They had plans for a vast empire
covering most of east Asia and the Pacific Ocean. In 1941 they
tried to make good on this by attacking the United States, England
and other European countries in Asia and the Pacific as part of the
Second World War. As a result of this their economy was utterly
destroyed and vast stretches of the country were reduced to rubble
and they spent many years under American military occupation.