Showa Period 1926-89
Hirohito ascends the throne. 1927
Prime minister Tanaka calls for the domination of Asia by Japan.
Invasion of Manchuria
Sept. 18, 1931
Considered by some historians to be the beginning of WW II.
Establishment of a Manchuko Puppet State in Manchuria.
Japan invades Chinese province of Jehol. Japan withdraws from the League of Nations.
Japan joins Anti-Comintern Pact.
Japanese seize Peking, Nanking and Shanghai. 1937/38
The massacre of Nanking.
Over 250,000 people massacred 1938
Proclamation of the
Co-prosperity Sphere Map: East Asia
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The Rape of Nanking
Japanese and Russian armies clash in two battles along the border of Manchuko. Japan suffers a first defeat at the hands of Russia in the Far East, resulting in a Reversal of Japan's strategy
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3-Power Pact of Germany, Italy and Japan to reorder Europe and the Far East. Dissolution of all political parties. Establ. of one 'Unity Party'. 1941
Non-agression Pact with the USSR.
Occupation of French Indo-China.
Hideki Tojo prime minister. (Oct.)
Japanese offensives (1941-42)
Attack on Pearl Harbour (Dec. 7)
The Allied Offensive (1942-45)
Battle of the Coral Sea (May 1942): termination of Japanese advances
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