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Japan in WW2

Why did the Japanese invade other countries?

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November 27, 2008 9:25AM

Japan is a country with very few natural resources. In order to get the raw materials it required to satisfy it's manufacturing industry it had to import these. Europe the US and Australia set about excluding Japan from the market between the wars making it easier for the military to push an expansionist policy leading to its involvement in WW2. It is hard to imagine an intelligent people like the Japanese not knowing what the outcome of this would be before they got involved in it. However the end result was that it worked, they ended up getting their raw materials and became one of the worlds leading economies.