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1900 - 2004 One of the most fascinating and interesting histories in the world we can think of is the history of Japan - a country with many wars, and also times of peace, one that has modified itself a lot to become a world leading nation in economics and technology. But how? Ancient to Modern During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, massive changes took place in Japan - the emperors and old ways of government were swept away and modernisation influenced by western ideas, was introduced. World War II For a long time the Japanese have successfully invaded many neighbouring countries. In 1905 they were so powerful they could defeat Russia, a much larger country, in a short war. In 1941 they attacked the US Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii and also countries including Malaysia and Singapore. ...read more.


General MacArthur General MacArthur arrived in Japan from America in the year 1945, a few days before the ceremony. His responsibility was to make sure that Japan never went to war again. He did this by changing the whole system of the country. It was to have no army, navy, nor air force, therefore Japan saved money by not spending money on defence, but to rebuild its economy and improve the people's lifestyle. The Korean War In 1950, when a civil war between north and south Korea broke out, American troops were sent out to support the south side. They no longer needed a peaceful Japan, but a cooperative partner in Asia during the war. They needed guns, weapons, tools and spare parts for the military equipment - it was a turning point for Japan. The industry began to produce these things, and as a result, its economy skyrocketed. ...read more.


In two years, he was able to develop a transistor radio and export it to other countries. Many other inventions were made, such as the video camera, and robots. The steel industry is the foundation of Japan for construction of cars, ships, trucks and even buildings. As there was a shortage of oil in 1973, caused by the Arab/Israeli war, the country shifted to the electronic industry - it was scarcely affected by the shortage of oil then. It has now built on that, and now it is an expert in technology - women assemble televisions on modern assembly lines, etc. Conclusion The Japanese have tried so hard to rebuild their country after the war into an industrial superpower and land of beautiful places. Japan has an astonishingly fascinating history, one of war and conflict, one of peace and happiness, and one of many interesting events. ...read more.

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