In 1938 the Japanese military pro-claimed a 'New Order in East Asia' called a Co-Prosperity Sphere in which Japan, as the center of an industrial bloc comprising Korea, Manchuria and N' China (Inner Ring), would draw from the rich colonies of Southeast Asia (Region of Supplies) the raw materials it needed, while inspiring them to friendship and alliance by destruction of their previous imperialistic masters. The entire area would be protected by a Region of Defense. Map: East Asia

But, in practice, "East Asia for the Asiatics" - Japan's slogan - turned
out to mean "East Asia for Japan" replacing one imperialism for one which was far worse.